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Update #2 ** OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Ten Vehicle Crash on I-5 Southbound Two Miles North of Woodburn (Photo) - 11/17/17

**Update #2***
Attached is a photo of what the mobile sawmill would have looked like before the crash. A witness also reported the pick-up possibly having a black or black two tone paint on the bed of the truck. Please call OSP at (800) 452-7888 if you have any information on the crash or can help identify the driver of the pick-up.

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***Update***
On November 14, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Northern Command Center (NCC) was notified of a large metal object that had fallen off of a pick-up truck. The pick-up was pulling a flat bed trailer and the object fell off of the trailer. A minute later NCC started to receive calls of vehicles hitting the object. The driver of the pick-up initially stopped and started to run to the object. Once vehicles started to hit it he turned around, got back into the pick-up, and fled the scene. The driver was only described as a male adult.

In total ten vehicles hit the object. Most of the vehicles received minor damage except for one which flipped several times and the occupant from that vehicle was transported to the hospital with injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

The object was found to be a large band saw and was described as being approximately five feet long by two feet tall and was red and black in color. The pick-up was described as a larger style personal vehicle such as a Ford F250 type vehicle.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information, who has not already spoken to police, please call the Oregon State Police at 1(800) 452-7888.

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The Oregon State Police and Emergency workers are on scene of a ten vehicle crash on I-5 North of Woodburn. The preliminary information is a large metal object fell off of a pick-up truck onto the interstate. Shortly after OSP was notified vehicles began to hit the object. One patient has been transported for injuries and the scene is still under investigation.

Please check www.tripcheck.com for traveling information.

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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Killing of Wolf - Wallowa County - 11/17/17

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public's assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Murder Conviction in Klamath County - 11/17/17

On November 7, 2017, after a murder trial that lasted almost a week and a half at the Klamath County Circuit Court, James Forshee (62) was convicted for the murder of Emery Connor (42).

The murder occurred on April 17, 2014, in a local Burlington Northern Santa Fe maintenance building in Klamath Falls, OR, where both Forshee and Connor were employed.

The Klamath County Jury that heard the case, after less than two hours of deliberation, returned a unanimous verdict of "Guilty" for "Murder." on November 7, 2017, a Klamath County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Forshee to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years (Forshee will be 83 years old before he is eligible for parole).

The Oregon State Police was the lead agency working within the Klamath County Major Crimes Team. The major crime team consists of investigators from the Oregon State Police, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Parole and Probation, and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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*** UPDATE on TIP Money*** OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of Three Black Tail Deer Outside of Butte Falls (Photo) - 11/17/17

****UPDATE on TIP Reward Money Available**
The Oregon State Police has been notified the following increases of reward money being offered leading to an arrest by the following organizations:

OHA TIP-$500.00
Local Rogue Valley OHA chapter-$500.00
Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon-$1,000

Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Central Point is asking for the public's assistance in locating the persons responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of three black tail deer that were discovered just outside of Butte Falls.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Oregon State Police investigated three black tail deer that were dumped just outside of Butte Falls. Only the heads and some meat were taken. The deer appeared to be dead only a couple of days. Currently, there is an archery deer season in this unit.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

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

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

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

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

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

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

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Fatal Crash in Linn County (Photo) - 11/17/17

On Thursday November 16, 2017 at approximately 6:43pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on US-20 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2001 Acura car, operated by 39-year-old male was traveling east on US-20 when the Acura veered off the road and struck a tree. The male suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Lebanon Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.

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Oregon State Police is asking Public Assistance in a Reckless Driving Case Involving a Firearm Near Cottage Grove - 11/17/17

On November 17th, 2017, at approximately 9:20 AM, a gold Mazda pickup was seen driving recklessly before a collision with a commercial motor vehicle. The driver of the pickup exited the pickup armed with a firearm and was taken into custody by law enforcement a short time later. There are no outstanding suspects at this time. The Oregon State Police is primary on the investigation.

Northbound traffic was stopped for a short time, and possible witnesses may have left the scene when traffic began moving again. Witnesses to the incident, collision, or driving behavior of a gold pickup, are asked to contacted the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888

Additional information will be released at a later time.

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***Name Released*** Two Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Santiam Pass - Jefferson County - 11/16/17

***Update on 2nd deceased driver name***
The driver of the Ford was identified as Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon).

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On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van towing a trailer traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck a westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. The driver of the Subaru, Linda A DAVIS, age 70, of Stayton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon), was also pronounced deceased. His identity is still being withheld at this time as his family has not yet been located.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
***End Release***

Previous Release:
On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck an westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available and next of kin for the deceased have been notified.

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Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Fatal in Josephine County (Photo)** Update on Juvenile Name** - 11/16/17

**Update**
The juvenile's name is listed below.

** Update on Juvenile age and make of vehicle **

On November 14, 2017, at approximately 7:00 P.M., OSP Troopers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatal crash at the intersection of Elk Lane and Majestic Drive.

The preliminary investigation revealed Joseph "Joey" Jones (age 14 from Grants Pass) was on a long board skateboard, traveling downhill on Majestic Drive when he entered onto Elk Lane. When he entered Elk Lane he was struck by a southbound Mercury SUV. The juvenile suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Mercedes was occupied by the driver Mallory Perez (age 32 from Grants Pass) and her nine year old daughter. Perez is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrong doing.

Elk Lane was closed for approximately two hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department.

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Astoria Teen Killed in Vehicle Crash Near Gearhart (Photo) - 11/16/17

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at approximately 2:07 p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a head-on two vehicle fatal crash on US Highway near milepost 14.

The preliminary investigation revealed a black Honda Civic, operated by Broderick Danielson, age 18, Astoria, was traveling northbound and lost control rotating sideways into southbound lane. A southbound silver Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Melany Bloom, age 38, Rosburg, WA was unable to stop, hitting the passenger side of the Honda. Danielson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hwy 101 was closed to one lane of travel for 1 hour and completely closed for an additional hour. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor for the crash. OSP was assited by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: Hwy_101_mp_14_sp17417054.jpg
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Roseburg Resident arrested for numerous sex Crimes (Photo) - 11/15/17

On November 2, 2017, Oregon State Police detectives assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with serving a search warrant at a residence in Roseburg, Oregon on the basis that child pornographic images were uploaded (electronically sent) from that address.

During the search of the residence and the following investigation, it was discovered that one of the child pornographic images was produced at that residence by Kelly Shane Rice (29) of Roseburg, Oregon with his stepdaughter (1 year of age) as the victim displayed in the image.

On November 9, 2017, Kelly Rice was arrested without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for 163.670 - Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 163.427 - Sex Abuse I, 163.411 - Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, 163.684 - Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available for release at this time.

Attached Media Files: Rice
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Fatal Crash Closed US 97 near Milepost 256 - Klamath County (Photo) - 11/13/17

On November 10, 2017 at approximately 5:37pm, OSP Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash on US 97 near milepost 256 in Klamath County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a grey 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup, operated by Austin Haynes (22) of Chiloquin, Oregon was traveling southbound when it crossed into the northbound lane of travel and into the path of a blue 1996 Ford Aerostar van operated by Melquiadez Ibarra (57) of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Haynes was not injured as a result of the crash. Ibarra sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. A right front female passenger in the van, Terry Kirwan (66) of Klamath Falls, Oregon was deceased at the scene.

Haynes displayed signs of impairment and performed voluntary standardized field sobriety tests. Haynes was arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Manslaughter, Reckless Endangering, Assault III and Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

US 97 was closed and traffic diverted for over 5 hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. The Oregon Department of Transportation and Chiloquin Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Next of kin has been notified. The investigation is ongoing. Trooper Peter Anderson is the lead investigator. OSP is asking if there are any witnesses to this crash who have not been interviewed to please contact the Oregon State Police Southern Regional Dispatch Center (SCC) at 541-883-5711.

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*Update - Name Released* Pedestrian involved Fatality Crash on Interstate 5 Northbound near Milepost 256 - Marion County - 11/13/17

*Update*

On Sunday November 12, 2017 at approximately 5:04am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian fatality on Interstate 5 just north of milepost 256 (Market Street Exit) in Salem, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Salem Police Department was dispatched to a female, Sofia Diaz-Piceno (19) of Salem, Oregon, that was causing a disturbance at a restaurant just east of the Market Street Interchange. Salem Police Officers responded and initially could not locate Diaz-Piceno. Shortly after, Salem Police was advised of something or someone being struck in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5. Salem Police Department responded and determined that Diaz-Piceno was struck by at least two vehicles as she apparently attempted to cross the freeway from the east side to the west side of the freeway. Oregon State Police responded to investigate the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation. No further information is being released at this time.

Interstate 5 northbound was closed for approximately 3 ?1/2 hours during the initial investigation. The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Salem Police Department, the Marion County DA's Office, the Marion County Medical Examiner's Office, Keizer Funeral Chapel, the Salem Fire Department, M&M Towing and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

**End of Update**


On Sunday November 12, 2017 at approximately 5:04am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian fatality on Interstate 5 just north of milepost 256 (Market Street Exit) in Salem, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Salem Police Department was dispatched to a female that was causing a disturbance at a restaurant just east of the Market Street Interchange. Salem Police Officers responded and initially could not locate the female. Shortly after, Salem Police was advised of something or someone being struck in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5. Salem Police Department responded and determined this was the female in question that had been struck by at least two vehicles as she apparently attempted to cross the freeway from the east side to the west side of the freeway. Oregon State Police responded to investigate the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation. The name of the deceased will be released pending next of kin notification.

Interstate 5 northbound was closed for approximately 3 ?1/2 hours during the initial investigation. The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Salem Police Department, the Marion County DA's Office, the Marion County Medical Examiner's Office, Keizer Funeral Chapel, the Salem Fire Department, M&M Towing and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Fatal Crash Closes Highway 240 Near Milepost 9 - Yamhill County (Photo) - 11/12/17

On November 11, 2017, at approximately 10:23pm, OSP Troopers from the McMinnville Area Command responded to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 240 near milepost 9 in Yamhill County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2016 Ford Mustang was westbound on Highway 240 near milepost 9 when the male operator failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway, into the ditch and then struck a tree. A male passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The highway was closed for nearly 7 hours for the investigation and subsequent removal of the vehicle. Impairment is believed to be a contributing factor to the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Next of kin has been notified. Names are being withheld to allow for additional family notifications. An updated release will occur within the next 48 hours.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, the McMinnville Police Department, the Newberg Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: Hwy 240 MP 9
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*Update - Names Released* Fatal Crash Causes Intermittent Closures on US 30 Near Milepost 45 - Columbia County (Photo) - 11/11/17

*Update*

On November 10, 2017, at approximately 12:23pm, OSP Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a motor vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 45 in Columbia County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Kenworth Log Truck, fully loaded was traveling westbound on US 30 near milepost 45. A 2008 Nissan Altima, traveling eastbound on US 30, turned left directly in front of the log truck. The log truck impacted the passenger side of the Altima, causing both vehicles to travel off the roadway, coming to rest in the yard of an adjacent residence.

The log truck, registered to Mike Oneill Trucking was driven by Dustin Schoenborn (24) of Molalla, Oregon. The Altima was driven by Kassandra Westom (19)of Longview, Washington. The right front passenger in the Altima was Tatum Tootoosis-Didier (19)of Longview, Washington. Schoenborn was evaluated by medics and remained on scene to assist investigators. Westom suffered critical injuries and was transported to St. John's Hospital in Longview, Washington before being transferred to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. Tootsoosis-Didier was determined to be deceased at the scene.

The highway was closed intermittently for approximately 6 hours for the investigation and subsequent removal of the logs and both vehicles. Impairment is being considered as a contributing factor to the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Next of kin has been notified.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Rainier Police Department and Columbia River Fire and Rescue.

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On November 10, 2017, at approximately 12:23pm, OSP Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a motor vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 45 in Columbia County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Kenworth Log Truck, fully loaded was traveling westbound on US 30 near milepost 45. A 2008 Nissan Altima, traveling eastbound on US 30, turned left directly in front of the log truck. The log truck impacted the passenger side of the Altima, causing both vehicles to travel off the roadway, coming to rest in the yard of an adjacent residence. The male operator of the log truck was evaluated by medics and remained on scene to assist investigators. The female driver of the Altima suffered critical injuries and was transported to St. John's Hospital in Longview, Washington before being transferred to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. A female right front passenger in the Altima was determined to be deceased at the scene.

The highway was closed intermittently for approximately 6 hours for the investigation and subsequent removal of the logs and both vehicles. Impairment is being considered as a contributing factor to the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Next of kin has been notified. Names are being withheld to allow for additional family notifications. An updated release will occur within the next 72 hours.

OSP Assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Rainier Police Department and Columbia River Fire and Rescue.

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*Update* 4 Vehicle Injury Crash Closes I-84 at milepost 156 Eastbound - Morrow County (Photo) - 11/10/17

*Update*

On November 9th, 2017 at approximately 12:06pm Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command responded to a report of a multi vehicle crash on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 156 in Morrow County.

Preliminary investigation revealed traffic had slowed or come to a stop due to reported construction working in the area. The crash involved a 2015 Kenworth Conventional Truck and semi trailer operated by ARTHUR O'NEAL (41) from Prichard, Alabama, a 2012 Dodge pickup occupied by the driver CHRISTOPHER GUTHRIDGE (27) from Silverton, Oregon and passenger, WILLIAM GUTHRIDGE (65) from Silverton, Oregon, a 2001 Pontiac operated by JAMIE STARBOARD (37) from Baker City, Oregon and accompanied by three child passengers, and a 2012 Dodge pickup towing a flatbed trailer operated by AUSTIN PENDELL (24) from Summerville, Oregon.

Due to the complexity of the crash and the number of vehicles involved, investigators are still working to determine the exact chain of events in the crash. Preliminary evidence and statements indicate the 2012 Dodge pickup and trailer combination initially struck the 2001 Pontiac, then a series of chain reaction crashes occurred.

WILLIAM GUTHRIDGE suffered critical injuries and was transported from the crash scene by Life Flight to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

CHRISTOPER GUTHRIDGE suffered serious injuries and was initially transported by ground ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston then transferred by Life Flight to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

JAMIE STARBOARD suffered minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital. A 12 year old female passenger in STARBOARDS car was transported by ground ambulance to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with serious injuries. Two other children in the vehicle were transported to Good Shepherd Hospital for evaluation.

AUSTIN PENDELL suffered minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital.

ARTHUR O'NEAL was uninjured in the crash.

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On November 9th, 2017 at approximately 12:06pm Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command responded to a report of a multi vehicle crash on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 156 in Morrow County.

Preliminary investigation revealed traffic had slowed or come to a stop due to construction work in the area. The crash involved one commercial motor vehicle, one passenger car, one pickup and one pickup towing a trailer. Six patients were transported to various regional hospitals via ground ambulance and Life Flight with injuries ranging from critical to minor.

The accident remains under investigation by Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command with assistance from the Oregon State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit. Additional information regarding the cause of the crash, the vehicles involved, and occupants will be sent out in a future release.

The Interstate remained closed for approximately 3.5 hours to allow for investigation and removal of crashed vehicles.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 156 East , 156 Crash , 156 E , 156 EB
*Corrected* OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Death Investigation I-84 Milepost 159 Eastbound - Morrow County - 11/10/17

On Thursday November 9th, 2017 at approximately 3:06am Troopers from the Oregon State Police Pendleton Area Command were dispatched to a reported crash/suspicious circumstance call on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 159 in Morrow County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a minor motor vehicle collision occurred on the exit 159 westbound off ramp between a gold Ford Ranger and white commercial motor vehicle. Upon the collision occurring, the operator of the Ford Ranger ran from the scene and the operator of the commercial motor vehicle called law enforcement. Arriving Troopers learned the operator of the Ford Ranger ran towards the Tower Road overpass.

During a search of the area Troopers located the operator of the Ford Ranger, a 28 year old male from Portland, deceased on the shoulder of Interstate 84 approximately 130 feet east from the overpass. Evidence at the scene indicates the deceased male scaled the fence on the Tower Road overpass and jumped. The male was then struck by an unknown motor vehicle which did not stop. Investigating Troopers believe the deceased male may have been struck by a dark metallic gray vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this incident who has not already spoken to investigators is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-276-2121 and reference Incident # SP17409491. Trooper Mitch Pace from the Pendleton Area Command is the lead investigator.

The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Union County Poaching Case - LaGrande (Photo) - 11/09/17

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help in locating the subjects who shot and left to waste a mature mule deer buck in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit in Union County.

On Saturday October 28th, 2017 an elk hunter notified Oregon State Police that he had located the carcass of deer. Senior Trooper Kris Davis responded to the scene to investigate. It is believed the deer was killed on the evening or night of Thursday October 27th or the morning of Friday October 28th. During this time the 1st season Rocky Mountain elk season was open. Only the antlers and skull cap were removed from the deer, all of the meat was left and was wasted. The deer was killed off the 21 road, 500 and 410 spurs. This location is near Dark Canyon, west of the Spring Creek area off I-84 outside of LaGrande.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Kris Davis at the LaGrande Patrol Office, 541-805-4757. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Attached Media Files: Deer
Jefferson County District Attorney concludes review of November 2, 2017 Oregon State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office officer-involved shooting - 11/08/17

This release is on behalf of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. All questions should be directed to that office.

"Jefferson County District Attorney Steven F. Leriche announced Wednesday, November 7, 2017 that he has concluded his review of the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Jefferson County Sherriff's Office officer-involved shooting on November 2, 2017, near L street at Hwy 97 in Madras. The shooting resulted in serious injury to CHRISTOPHER JAMES THOMAS SWEENEY, age 18, of Sunriver.

A full investigation of the incident was conducted by the Central Oregon Major Incident Team comprised of law enforcement agencies from Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Law enforcement agencies involved in the interagency investigation included Oregon State Police, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, Bend Police Department, and Redmond Police Department, Madras Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, SWEENEY walked away from J Bar J Ranch, where he had been placed in an independent living program after having been paroled from a youth correctional facility for unrelated matters. SWEENEY walked away from the program approximately six hours after arriving. Upon learning of SWEENEY's escape, SWEENEY's grandparents, who were out of the area, became concerned that he may attempt to burglarize their residence in Deschutes County and asked other family members to check on the residence. Family members checked the residence and discovered that the residence had been burglarized and two vehicles, a 2007 Toyota Highlander and a 2004 Chevrolet Venture minivan, were missing from the residence. The vehicles were reported stolen on November 2, 2017, and both vehicles were spotted by a Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy on Highway 97 near Lava Butte shortly thereafter.

Officers from the Bend Police Department assisted the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in an attempt to stop both vehicles. The Toyota Highlander stopped on the Parkway near Robal Road. The driver of this vehicle was taken into custody without incident during a high-risk traffic stop. The driver was identified as COREY JOSEPH GALLAGHER. GALLAGHER was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Criminal Conspiracy, Theft in the First Degree, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

The Chevrolet Venture continued north on Highway 97, disregarding multiple police attempts to stop the vehicle. Law enforcement successfully deployed spike strips multiple times throughout the pursuit, but the Chevrolet Venture continued northbound on Highway 97 into Jefferson County. As the pursuit entered Jefferson County, Deputy Joseph Aldred joined the pursuit and ultimately took the lead position in the pursuit, followed by Oregon State Police Sgt. John Russo, and other law enforcement personnel.

The minivan continued into Madras, where it lost control at L Street and Highway 97. The investigation revealed that Deputy Aldred approached the front of the minivan while Sgt. Russo approached the rear. Deputy Aldred gave multiple commands to SWEENEY, who did not comply. Instead, SWEENEY holding his pistol with both hands pointed his pistol at Deputy Aldred. It appears SWEENEY fired his pistol at Deputy Aldred. Both Deputy Aldred and Sgt. Russo fired upon SWEENEY, wounding him. A Senior Trooper assisted in securing SWEENEY on the ground, and then the Senior Trooper and Sgt. Russo immediately began first aid on SWEENEY. Paramedics arrived after the shooting and transported SWEENEY to St. Charles Hospital in Madras, and from there, SWEENEY was transported by Air Life to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SWEENEY's loaded firearm was recovered at the scene with a damaged bullet casing still in the chamber, indicating a possible malfunction. None of the officers involved in the incident suffered physical injury.

The Central Oregon Major Incident Team is continuing their investigation into possible charges against SWEENEY in Jefferson and Deschutes counties. SWEENEY is currently recovering at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The District Attorney is charged with the duty of reviewing incidents where deadly physical force is used by police to determine if the use of force met the standards required by Oregon law. Upon review of this incident, the evidence overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that Sgt. Russo and Deputy Aldred were justified in using deadly physical force under the circumstances they encountered and it was reasonable for them to believe that their lives and the lives of others were endangered.

District Attorney Leriche thanks the investigating agencies involved with the Central Oregon Major Incident Team for a thorough and detailed investigation of this event."

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Death Investigation of Inmate from Curry County Jail (Photo) - 11/08/17

The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Curry County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Curry County Jail.

Preliminary information is that on October 19, 2017 CASSADI RENEE BOND (24) of Harbor, Oregon was arrested by the Curry County Sheriff's Office on outstanding warrants for her arrest. Bond was lodged in the Curry County Jail. During the booking process, Bond admitted to heroin use prior to her arrest so once admitted into the jail facility, she was being monitored closely by Curry County Sheriff's Office Corrections and medical staff for any signs of opioid withdrawal. Bond was seen by the Curry County Jail nurse. The nurse was updated numerous times by Corrections staff regarding their observations of Bond.

On October 21, 2017 at approximately 10:26pm, Bond was found to be unresponsive by a Curry County Corrections Deputy. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated Early Defibrillation (AED)life saving efforts were administered. Bond was transported to Curry General Hospital.

On October 22, 2017, Bond was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart at River Bend.

On October 27, 2017, Bond was pronounced dead shortly after being removed from life support.

The Oregon State Police began conducting a death investigation at the request of the Curry County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of death is being investigated by the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office.

No further information is available for release at this time.

Attached Media Files: Bond
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Hwy 214 at MP 14
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on State Route 213 Near Milepost 14 - Clackamas County (Photo) - 11/07/17

On November 7, 2017 at approximately 3:36am, OSP responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 213 near milepost 14 near Molalla, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1997 Ford Explorer was traveling northbound on State Route 213 near milepost 14, when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment, traveled through a chain link fence, struck a power pole and came to rest on the driver's side in a lumber yard. The driver, identified as Donovan Gardiner (48) of Mulino, Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

At the time of the crash, Gardiner was not wearing his seat belt and he was partially ejected. Next of kin notification has been made. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash. No further information is available for release at this time.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Clackamas County Crash Team and the Molalla Fire Department.

Attached Media Files: Hwy 214 at MP 14 , Hwy 213 MP 14
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Hazardous Materials Spill closes I 84 near milepost 233 at Meacham - Umatilla County, Oregon (Photo) - 11/06/17

On November 6, 2017 at approximately 4:00am OSP responded to a single vehicle crash on I-84 at milepost 233 westbound near Meacham in Umatilla County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2006 Freightliner Conventional Truck hauling Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide (ammonia solution - which is a corrosive) was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 233 when the operator, Donna Carlson (42) of Prescott, Arkansas lost control of the vehicle combination on the icy roadway. The vehicle combination entered into the median resulting in the trailer rolling onto its side. The rollover event ruptured the trailer. Carlson and her male passenger, Morrey Carlson (42) of Prescott, Arkansas were not injured.

OSP and the Oregon Department of Transportation initially set up an isolation distance of 1/2 mile in all directions due to the hazardous materials concern. The Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services Hazardous Materials Unit, The Umatilla Tribal Fire Department and The National Response Corporation Environmental Services (NRC) responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

I-84 was initially closed for more than 8 hours in both directions while crews tended to the scene. Intermittent closures are still in effect. If traveling, please plan accordingly and have an alternate route in mind if necessary. Go to www.tripcheck.com for updates on road closures and weather information.

Attached Media Files: I 84 MP 233WB
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Willanch Lane Vehicle
OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Coos County Poaching Case - North Bend, Oregon (Photo) - 11/06/17

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of a yearling doe deer in Coos County.

On the morning of October 23rd, 2017, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded to a report of a doe that had been shot and left to waste off of Willanch Lane, outside of North Bend, Oregon.
The investigation revealed the doe had been killed the day before, and no effort had been made to salvage any of the meat from the animal. The vehicle pictured was seen in the area at the time of the incident, and is believed to be associated with the person(s) involved.

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

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

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

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

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

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

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

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

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I 84 MP 64W
Commercial Vehicle Jackknife Closes I 84 for 90 Minutes - Hood River County (Photo) - 11/06/17

On November 6, 2017 at approximately 9:27am, OSP responded to a single vehicle crash blocking the westbound lanes of I 84 near milepost 64 westbound in Hood River, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 1999 Volvo Conventional Truck hauling a manufactured home was traveling westbound when it's operator, Michael Cannon (36) of Hermiston, Oregon was exiting the freeway. For an unknown reason, the vehicle veered to the left, entering the unpaved portion of the shoulder, striking the exit 63 sign and 2 fog markers. The vehicle came to rest blocking the westbound lanes of travel. The operator was transported to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

The roadway was blocked for nearly 90 minutes while tow trucks removed the vehicle combination. Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene by diverting traffic off the exit and back onto I 84 westbound. The crash remains under investigation.

Attached Media Files: I 84 MP 64W , I 84 MP 64WB
**** Update Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing - Jefferson County ***** - 11/04/17

On behalf of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office:

Date: Friday, November 03, 2017
Case # 2017-340551
Date & Time of Incident: November 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Type of Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Location of Incident: Madras Oregon

Suspect:

Corey Joseph Gallagher 19 year old Portland resident
Christopher James Thomas Sweeney 18 year old Sunriver resident

Narrative:

Throughout the early morning hours of November 3, 2017 detectives with the Central Oregon Major Incident Team investigated an officer involved shooting in Madras Oregon.

The incident started on Highway 97 near Lava Butte where a Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy noticed a previously reported stolen vehicle traveling north on Highway 97. A second stolen car was noticed traveling northbound near the first reported vehicle by a second Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy. Both cars were followed north onto the Bend Parkway. The stolen vehicles were a 2007 Toyota Highlander and a 2004 Chevrolet Venture (minivan).

Officers from the Bend Police Department assisted the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in an attempt to stop both vehicles. The Toyota Highlander stopped on the Parkway near Robal Road. The occupant in this vehicle was taken into custody without incident during a high risk stop. This occupant was identified as Corey Joseph Gallagher, who was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Criminal Conspiracy, Theft I and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.

The Chevrolet Venture continued north on Highway 97 disregarding multiple police officers attempting to stop it. Law enforcement was able to successfully deploy the spike strips on multiple occasions during the duration of the pursuit on this vehicle.

The Chevrolet Venture continued northbound on Highway 97 as it was pursued by the Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. Prior to going into Jefferson County, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office discontinued their pursuit of the van. As the pursuit entered Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office joined the Oregon State Police in pursuit of the minivan.

The minivan continued into Madras, where it lost control and came to rest at L Street at Highway 97. The suspect, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, exited the minivan and confronted the officers. Both an Oregon State Police Sergeant and Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy discharged their firearms at the suspect. The suspect was airlifted to St Charles Bend for injuries sustained during the officer involved shooting. The condition of the suspect is not known at this time. The suspect's firearm was located at the scene.

The occupant of the minivan was identified as Christopher James Thomas Sweeney, an 18 year old Sunriver resident.

The involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. This is standard procedure and consistent with Senate Bill 111 investigation protocols.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing - Jefferson County - 11/03/17

On behalf of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office:

On November 2nd, 2017 at 11:15pm, the Central Oregon Major Incident Team was activated to investigate an officer-involved shooting that took place in Madras at approximately 11:00 P.M. The incident occurred after a vehicular pursuit with a reported stolen vehicle that began in Deschutes County and ended in Madras on Highway 97 near L Street.

After law enforcement made contact with the occupant(s) of the vehicle, shots were fired and one occupant was wounded. That occupant was taken to Saint Charles Bend and is receiving medical care.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

Based on the nature of this investigation, northbound Highway 97 is currently closed with an established detour in place. The Central Oregon Major Incident Team has been and will continue to work throughout the morning to obtain information regarding this investigation.

This is a preliminary release and all future information will come from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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Oregon State Police Seeks Public Assistance in a Domestic Violence Case in Lincoln County (Photo)**Epperson in Custody** - 11/02/17

***UPDATE**
On November 2, 2017 at 11:20 AM, the Oregon State Police, with assistance from the Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department, took Epperson into custody at a residence in Grand Ronde. Epperson was arrested on a Lincoln County warrant from the October 30, 2017 incident. The warrant included the following charges:
1. Assault 2nd Degree
2. Attempted Assault in the 2nd Degree
3. Assault IV Domestic Viol
4. Menacing
5. Reckless Endangering
6. and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree x's 2

Epperson was also taken into custody for outstanding Marion County warrants unrelated to the October 30, 2017 incident.

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On October 30, 2017 at approximately 12:00 PM, the Oregon State Police was dispatched to a domestic violence call, which had occurred as the victim was driving southbound on US Hwy 101 from Lincoln City to Toledo.

Once Troopers responded to the area, the preliminary investigation revealed the driver, Haley D. Jolley (age 18 from Depoe Bay) was driving when she was physically assaulted by her boyfriend, Nahcoma Michael Lee Epperson (age 21 from Siletz).

Epperson was last seen, on October 30, 2017, near the Dairy Queen in Toledo but he is believed to be in the Siletz area. Epperson also has connections in the Salem area.

The Oregon State Police is asking the anyone who knows Epperson's location to call the Northern Command Center at 1 (800) 452-7888.

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OSP Investigates Wolf Killed By Elk Hunter - Union County - 11/02/17

On October 27, 2017 at about 11:30AM, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper and an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist responded to the report of an elk hunter, who had self-reported shooting a wolf in Union County. The two responded to the hunter's camp in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit.

The hunter, a 38-year-old male, from Clackamas, told the trooper he had been hunting elk alone, when he repeatedly noticed some type of animal moving around him. A short time later, the hunter observed three of what he assumed would be coyotes. He said at one point one of them began to run directly at him, while another made its way around him.

The hunter stated he focused on the one running directly at him. He began to scream at it, and fearing for his life shot it one time. He said what he still believed to be a coyote died from the single shot. He stated that after the shot the other two disappeared out of sight.

The hunter said he returned to his camp and told fellow hunters what had occurred. He said he was still uncertain if what he shot was a coyote. He said they returned to the location and came to the conclusion it was a wolf. The hunter then notified ODFW and OSP.

Further investigation at the site of the shooting indicated the hunter was 27 yards from where he shot and where the wolf died. The wolf was seized and later released to ODFW for examination. The Union County District Attorney's Office was consulted regarding the investigation and based upon the available evidence the case will not be prosecuted as this is believed to be an incidence of self-defense.

It is unlawful to kill a wolf in Oregon, except in defense of human life (and in certain instances involving wolf depredation of livestock).

According to ODFW, this incident marks the first time that a wolf has been reported shot in self-defense in Oregon since they began returning to the state in the late 1990s.

ODFW examined the wolf shot and determined it was an 83-pound female associated with the OR30 pair of wolves occupying the Starkey and Ukiah WMUs in northeast Oregon (Union and Umatilla Counties). Initial examination does not indicate that the wolf was a breeding female, but the wolf's DNA will be analyzed to confirm this.

"Dangerous encounters between wolves and people are rare, as are such encounters between people and cougars, bears and coyotes," said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Acting Wolf Coordinator. "They will usually avoid humans and leave the area when they see, hear, or smell people close by. If you see a wolf or any other animal and are concerned about your safety, make sure it knows you are nearby by talking or yelling to alert it to your presence. If you are carrying a firearm, you can fire a warning shot into the ground."

***Media Advisory*** OSP To Discuss Cold Case Homicide - November 2 - 11/01/17

MEDIA ADVISORY:

On November 2, 2017 at 12PM OSP will discuss the investigation with media and then allow brief one on one interviews with Detective Steve Hinkle. The media briefing will be held at OSPO General Headquarters at 3565 Trelstad Avenue SE, Salem, OR 97317. Media will be allowed to start setting up around 1130AM. Please check in with the front desk upon arrival. Please call Captain Bill Fugate with any questions (number below).

***End Advisory***



Release from Marion County District Attorney's Office:

Janie Landers was a mentally challenged patient at the Fairview Training Center formerly located in Salem, Oregon. Janie struggled with learning challenges and behavior issues that led to her residency at the now defunct state-run facility for individuals with significant mental disabilities. Janie functioned at about the level of an 8-year-old child. At 5 feet 1 inch tall and just 105 pounds, she was very small in stature but had a reputation of being unexpectedly strong and quite feisty. She went missing on March 9, 1979 and was initially regarded as having voluntarily walked away from the property. Despite this theory, police initiated an investigation in attempts to locate Janie. They spoke to several witnesses in the area. She was last seen by four people outside the main entrance to the Fairview Complex on Strong Rd. These witnesses were employed with Fairview at the time and were able to describe this man despite not knowing him or having ever seen him before that day. They further described a yellow or gold colored vehicle that they thought belonged to him. A composite sketch of the man was created by a Statesman Journal Newspaper employee who worked with the 4 witnesses at the request of detectives.

Janie Landers would not be found alive. Her body was discovered on March 14, 1979 by a nearby resident in the Silver Falls area. It was clear to detectives that this was not the location of her murder, but rather a dump site in a field off Highway 214 near mile post 23. Janie had been brutally beaten and stabbed multiple times. An autopsy revealed numerous defensive wounds and deep cuts to her neck area. The medical examiner found her cause of death to be blunt force trauma to her head. She had not been sexually assaulted. It was further determined through stomach contents that Janie had likely been killed on the day of her disappearance.

A full investigation ensued by the Oregon State Police at the time. Despite having very little physical evidence and few witnesses, detectives nonetheless worked tirelessly to generate leads. Those who knew Janie both in and out of the Training Center were investigated and eliminated as suspects. And the case went cold.

Over the ensuing years, the investigation would be resurrected by several detectives on multiple occasions. Most Fairview employees would eventually be contacted, scene photographs would be continually examined, hundreds of individuals would be reinterviewed, and stacks of police reports would fill numerous binders. But no strong theory of the case or clear suspect ever emerged. Every new lead would be pursued to no avail and the case would run cold yet again. But Janie's little sister, Joyce, who was just 13 years old when Janie was murdered, never forgot. She would constantly urge the detectives to reopen the case and look again. Most times that led nowhere. Until 2015.

In March of 2015, Joyce contacted the Oregon State Police yet again. She was now 50 years old and her 82-year-old father was beginning to show signs of slowing down. Joyce hoped that there might be a chance at justice for Janie while her father was still alive. The case was pulled from the cold case pile and assigned to Detective Steve Hinkle of the Oregon State Police. Despite having no new information or promising lead, Detective Hinkle poured over the hundreds of pages of police reports. He reviewed all the old physical evidence, autopsy findings, and scene photos. He recontacted those witnesses who were still alive and met with the prior detectives who had previously tried to solve this case.

The brutal attack on Janie made it likely that her killer had been injured in the process. Janie clearly fought for her life. Further, the wounds she suffered were likely caused by a knife without a hilt, making it a strong possibility that her perpetrator would have been cut as his hand tried to repeatedly manipulate the weapon. Working closely with the OSP crime lab forensic scientists, detectives were able to identify areas on Janie's shirt that could contain her killer's DNA.

In April of 2016, the Oregon State Police Crime Lab confirmed that a blood stain on Janie's clothing contained the DNA of a male. That male was identified through the Combined DNA Index System(CODIS) database as Gerald Kenneth Dunlap.

Dunlap had not been a suspect in any previous attempt to investigate Janie's murder nor had he ever been contacted by the police in relationship to the investigation. Detective Hinkle soon learned however that Dunlap was not a stranger to the criminal justice system. Dunlap had been convicted of a raping a woman during an armed robbery in Knoxville, TN in 1961. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 1973. His inmate information showed him as being roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall and he weighed approximately 190 pounds. Dunlap quickly moved to California where he was required to register as a Sex Offender but soon moved again to Salem, Oregon (where sex offender registration was not yet a statutory requirement) in 1974. Here, he got married to a woman who had a young son and began working at the Fairview Training Center as a laundry worker where he remained employed until he was terminated in 1983 for inappropriate behavior towards women. In 1974, nationwide criminal records were not common or reliable. It is probable that no employment background check would have been proficient at that time to identify Dunlap's violent sexual criminal history unless he self-reported.

Dunlap was convicted again of a sexual offense against a minor female family member in 1996 in a case prosecuted by then Deputy District Attorney Walt Beglau (Beglau has been the elected District Attorney of Marion County since 2004). Dunlap went to trial and was found guilty by a jury. Judge Jamese L. Rhoades sentenced Dunlap to prison where he died in January of 2002. The fact that Dunlap had been convicted of this felony sex crime is the reason that his DNA was on file in the CODIS database.

Despite the DNA confirmation and the fact that Dunlap's history made him a strong suspect, Detectives knew they could not yet close this case. Further information was necessary to determine whether Dunlap was the murderer. Confirming details about Dunlap's employment and his personal history proved difficult since Fairview was closed in 2000, and the case was now thirty-seven years old. Detectives were nonetheless able to locate payroll records from Fairview proving Dunlap was a laundry worker at the training center in March 1979 and would have worked the day of Janie's disappearance. They also confirmed that Dunlap's job was to sort laundry prior to washing and thus it was highly improbable that any incidental, innocent DNA transfer that might have occurred between Dunlap and Janie's clothing could have survived the washing process for later DNA comparison. Dunlap further was not otherwise assigned in any manner that should have brought him into professional contact with Janie.

Detectives contacted the Tennessee Department of Corrections and were able to obtain two photographs of Dunlap from November 1972 shortly before his parole. This photograph was the only one of Dunlap that detectives could locate taken close in time to Janie's murder. That photograph was compared to the composite sketch completed in 1979. The resemblance was difficult for detectives to ignore.

Detectives next created a photo line-up using the 1972 photograph of Dunlap. Two of the four witnesses from 1979 that helped create the original composite sketch were still alive and were recontacted. Though 100% certainty eluded them due to the passage of time, both witnesses picked the photo of Dunlap out of 5 other similar-looking men and noted he looked like the man they saw talking to Janie on March 09, 1979.

Detectives located the former manager, supervisors, and a co-worker from the laundry at Fairview. His termination for inappropriate contact with female patients was confirmed. One witness further remembered that Dunlap would sometimes leave a shift early unannounced and not return, while another remembered Dunlap would loiter near the bus stop on Fairview where patients would wait for transportation and would offer them rides.

Detectives also interviewed both Dunlap's wife, who remained married to him after his incarceration in 1996 and up to his death, and his step-son. Both confirmed that Dunlap drove a vehicle in 1979 that matched the vehicle seen by witnesses on the day that Janie disappeared. That car no longer exists for evidentiary purposes. Dunlap's stepson also recalled that they hiked frequently as a family in the Silver Creek Falls area, and thus Dunlap would have been familiar with the location in which Janie's body was found. Neither Dunlap's wife nor stepson had any further knowledge of this crime and detectives do not believe they had any involvement.

Marion County Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson was assigned to this case. After a full review of all the reports and evidence, the Marion County District Attorney's Office has determined that Gerald Dunlap is solely responsible for the Murder of Janie Landers in March of 1979. Prosecutors theorize that Janie's small stature and immature appearance would have made her a perfect target for a sexual predator like Gerald Dunlap. He likely offered her a ride and, given Janie's intellectual disabilities, she was easily convinced. Once in the vehicle, Dunlap likely threatened Janie with a knife and attempted a violent sexual attack. Janie's unexpected level of strength and resistance however, would have both surprised and frustrated Dunlap who resorted to killing her when his sexual attack was thwarted. Janie was ultimately outsized and overpowered by the murderous rage of Dunlap. If Dunlap was alive, the District Attorney's Office would have filed a Murder charge in this matter. His death in 2002 means that no further action can be taken in this case.

Clarkson said, "This case would never have been solved were it not for the dedicated work of the Oregon State Police Detectives, the persistence of a little sister who never forgot for nearly four decades, and the courage of a prior victim to report her abuser and withstand the rigors of a trial. It is because of her that Dunlap could never hurt anyone again and, most importantly for this case, his DNA was on file."

On October 30, 2017, Detective Hinkle was able to return the few belongings of Janie's back to her family. An earring and two small hair ties were all that remained from that day in 1979. Detective Hinkle stated, "It's not much. But it represents the end to this case. We're grateful we could solve this. We're grateful we could do this for Janie. We're hopeful her family can find some closure to this horrific chapter of their lives."

Janie's sister, Joyce, stated, "I'm really grateful and relieved that it's done. She can be totally at peace now because her case is solved."
Contact Info:
Paige Clarkson, Deputy District Attorney, 503-588-5222.

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Oregon State Police Seeks Public Assistance in Locating Driver for Crash near Rose Lodge (Photo) - 10/31/17

On October 31, 2017 at approximately 6:00 AM, the Oregon State Police was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on US Hwy 18 near milepost (MP) 9 just west of the Van Duzer State Park.

Upon Oregon State Police arrival, it was discovered the female driver, identified as Kiera L. Haun (age 24 from Lincoln City), and an identified passenger of Joseph A. Ratcliff (age 34 from Lincoln City) had fled the scene. The preliminary crash details indicate Haun was driving a 2016 Nissan Altima (owned by Ratcliff) westbound on Us Hwy 18. The vehicle veered off the road, down a ravine, and flipped onto its top in the river. Haun, Ratcliff, and the third passenger, Allen Harmon (age 25 from Lincoln City), were able to climb out of the vehicle. There was significant damage to the vehicle and it was reported Haun was complaining of injury and may need medical attention. Harmon was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. It is unknown if Ratcliff was injured.

The Oregon State Police is asking any witnesses of the crash or anyone who may have information of Haun or Ratcliff's location to please the Oregon State Police at call 1(800)452-7888.

Photographs of Haun are courtesy of Facebook.

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing - Curry County (Photo) - 10/31/17

The Oregon State Police (OSP)with the assistance of the Curry County Major Crimes Team is investigating an Officer Involved Shooting on 80 Acres Road and Anthony Drive in Curry County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that on October 29th at approximately 11:00 pm, A Gold Beach Police Department Officer was in pursuit of a reported stolen vehicle near 80 Acres Road and Anthony Drive in Curry County. During the incident, the Gold Beach Officer fired his weapon however the pursuit resumed and was joined by deputies from the Curry County Sheriff's Office. It is unknown whether the suspect was injured or not. The suspect was not located and a request was made for a Major Crime Team Call out. The Curry County Major Crimes Team is comprised of detectives from the Curry County Sheriff's Office, The Brookings Police Department, the Gold Beach Police Department and the Oregon State Police who are leading the investigation.

The suspect has been identified as 29 year old Brian Anthony Widby and the involved vehicle was a Black 2002 Mitsubishi with California license plates DP429RE. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Widby or the mentioned vehicle, please call Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-440-3333.

Attached Media Files: Widby
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing - Polk County - 10/28/17

The Oregon State Police (OSP) with assistance from the Polk County Major Crimes Team is investigating an Officer Involved Shooting on Highway 18 near milepost 23 in Grand Ronde.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were notified of an armed carjacking and robbery that occurred around 4:00 a.m., in the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Silverton Road and Lancaster Drive NE in Salem. A black, 2015 Toyota Corolla, was reported 'car-jacked' at that location and the suspect was reported to have possessed a weapon. Polk County deputies located the vehicle and a pursuit ensued, ending on Highway 18 near milepost 23. As deputies attempted to take the subject, a 17-year-old juvenile male from Silverton, OR, into custody, shots were fired and the subject died at the scene. Investigators have recovered a weapon from the shooting scene.

Highway 18 is closed and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has established detours to reroute traffic. OSP expects the highway to be re-opened between 12:00noon and 1:00p.m., today.

The names of the involved officers and of the deceased juvenile are being withheld pending next of kin notification. Any subsequent releases will be made via the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

OSP is being assisted by the Polk County District Attorney's Office, Polk County Medical Examiner, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Independence Police Department, Keizer Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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OSP Seeks Public Help In Mule Deer Poaching Case - Jefferson County (Photo) - 10/27/17

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of two mule deer bucks in Jefferson County.

On the afternoon of October 23, 2017, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers were notified by a landowner of two dead buck deer with their heads and a small portion of meat removed on Cold Camp Road, near the town of Ashwood.

Investigation revealed the deer had been shot and killed by a high powered rifle. It is believed the deer had been killed over the weekend of Oct 20-22.

The public is urged to call Oregon State Police Sergeant Andrew Vanderwerf or Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-296-2161.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

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

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.

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

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

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

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

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Death Investigation in Harney County (Photo)- Update- Public Assistance Request - 10/26/17

**Update on Public Assistance Request***
The Harney County Major Crimes Team is aware of HUBEEK's current location and there is no known public safety threat. We specifically asking anyone who might have seen or had contact HUBEEK from October 13th- October 23, 2017 to call (541)573-6028.
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This release is being sent on behalf of the Harney County District Attorney's Office.

On October 17, 2017, at approximately 5:45 PM, the Harney County Sheriff's Office responded to a welfare check at 330 W Hayes Burns, Oregon 97720.

The preliminary investigation indicates Albert DEITER, age 59 from Burns, had died of what is believed to be under suspicious circumstances. A person of interest was identified as Shelly HUBEEK, age 53 of Burns, Oregon.

The Harney County Major Crimes Team is currently conducting an investigation into the death of DEITER. As part of this investigation, the Harney County Major Crimes Team is currently interested in information concerning HUBEEK. It is believed that she was recently in and around the Bend area. Persons who saw or had contact with HUBEEK in the Bend area are asked to call Harney County Dispatch at (541) 573--6028.

The Harney County Major Crimes Team is continuing this investigation and no further information will be released at this time in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation. The Harney County Major Crimes Team is composed of the Burns Police Department, the Hines Police Department, the Harney County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police, and the Harney County District Attorney's Office.

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201 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized Following Traffic Stop - Josephine County (Photo) - 10/24/17

On October 18, 2017 at about 5:30PM, an OSP Trooper was on Interstate 5 near milepost 61 (near Merlin) when he stopped a 2017 Ford Explorer for speeding. During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal conduct and searched the vehicle following a road side investigation.

During the search, 201 pounds of packaged marijuana was discovered in the vehicle. It was learned the driver, Pandy HOUT, age 29, from Shakopee, MN and Lor MENG, age 28, from Sacramento, CA had flown into the Medford Airport from Denver, CO and rented the Ford Explorer. They then traveled to an unknown location in California and acquired the marijuana. It was believed they were transporting the marijuana to Minnesota.

HOUT and MENG were arrested on the following charges:

*Import/Export Marijuana (over sixteen pounds across state lines)- Class C Felony

*Possession of Marijuana (person over 21 years of age and over 8 pounds in public place) Class C Felony

*Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana (over sixteen pounds with intent to distribute) Class C Felony

Both were lodged in the Josephine County Jail. No further information to be released at this time. As a reminder on what's legal when it comes to marijuana use and possession in Oregon, please visit http://whatslegaloregon.com/

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Portland Man Killed In I-84 Crash - Wasco County - 10/24/17

On October 23, 2017 at about 11:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 82 (The Dalles).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Toyota Highlander was eastbound on I-84 when it left the roadway to the south of the interstate, crossed a large grassy and rocky median, up a steep embankment and hit the concrete overpass wall head-on. The Toyota then rolled several times coming to a rest on its wheels in the grassy median. The driver, David J HIGGINS, age 42, of Portland, was ejected and died at the scene. Factors being considered in this crash are speed and lack of safety restraints.

OSP was assisted by Mid-Columbia Valley Fire and Rescue, The Dalles Police, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information at this time.

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Vehicle versus pedestrian fatality near Camas Valley. (Douglas County) (Photo) - 10/23/17

On October 22, 2017 at about 3:10 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Roseburg Area Command responded to Highway 42 just west of Camas Valley near mile post 51 for a report of a single vehicle versus pedestrian crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2008 Ford Edge SUV, operated by Langlois Oregon resident Paul Arnoldi was traveling westbound at this location and for unknown reasons, left the roadway, striking a male pedestrian who was standing off the roadway taking photos. The pedestrian was identified as 61 year old North Bend resident Donald Dickinson. Dickinson was transported to Mercy Medical Center of Roseburg where he was later pronounced deceased.
Arnoldi was transported to Mercy Medical for serious injuries and later transported by air to Sacred Heart of Springfield.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Camas Valley Fire, Tenmile Fire, Douglas Fire District 2 and ODOT.