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**Update** Investigators on scene of Officer Involved Shooting - Jackson County - 02/19/17

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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***Update #2 Reward Increase *** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Moose Poaching Case - Wallowa County (Photo) - 02/14/17

*** OHA increases TIP reward to $6,850 for information on poached Moose in Wallowa County ***

Statement from Oregon Hunters Association

"This particular poaching case has outraged hunters across the state," said OHA Conservation Director Jim Akenson, who is based in Wallowa County where the moose poaching took place. "We have a small moose population we're working hard to nurture, and now there's one less moose in Oregon as a result of this senseless act." This case prompted 11 OHA chapters across the state (Baker County, Clatsop County, Hoodview, Josephine County, Ochoco, Pioneer, Rogue Valley, Tualatin Valley, Umpqua, Wallowa County, Yamhill County) and the Traditional Archers of Oregon to pool their resources to add additional money to the TIP reward of $1,000 to bring the total TIP reward to $6,850.

***End update***



***Reward Increase***

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow moose in Wallowa County.

The Oregon Hunter's Association has increased the reward to $6,250 for information leading to an arrest or citation in this case. The reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

***End update***


On December 2, 2016, OSP was notified of one dead cow moose approximately 20 yards off of Coal Docks Road, which is located northwest of Wallowa in Wallowa County. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a cow moose had been shot and some of the meat left to waste. The subsequent Investigation revealed the moose was most likely shot in the late evening hours of December 1, 2016 or early morning hours of December 2, 2016. Evidence was collected at the scene.

There are no lawful hunts that allow the harvesting of moose in Oregon.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Brian Miller through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at Brian.Miller@state.or.us.
Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The T.I.P. reward is paid for by the Oregon Hunter's Association, 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.

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Missing Person Remains Located at 13480 Williams Highway (Josephine County) - 02/09/17

On February 7, 2017, two hikers located skeletal remains of a missing person reported on June 26, 2012 to the Medford Police Department. The Oregon State Police recovered the remains of a single adult male which have been positively identified through dental records, personal property and identification as Chase COOK who was 22 years old at the time he was reported missing.

At the time Cook was reported missing, the vehicle he was believed to be driving was seen in the area of Williams Highway but it had been moved prior to law enforcement's arrival and was no longer at the location. An extensive search of the area where the vehicle had initially been seen was conducted by Search and Rescue operations and no evidence was located.

Cook's remains were discovered less than a mile from where the vehicle he was reportedly driving at the time of his disappearance. Contrary to social media outlets, only one body was recovered. Additionally, it had been reported the skeletal remains appeared to have been bound. This was determined not to be true. Evidence located at the scene supports this was a suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Medford Police Department, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Jackson County Search and Rescue, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Follow-up questions should be directed to Sergeant Deanna "Annie" Harris OSP CISD/MCS at 541-618-7967.

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DNA Critical in Solving Double Homicide in Josephine County (Photo) - 02/09/17

On the afternoon of June 15, 2015, the Josephine County Major Crime team was activated to investigate a double homicide at a residence in Grants Pass, Oregon. After investigators arrived they found the bodies of Jerry and Joann Jackson inside the residence with several wounded dogs, one of which succumbed to injuries later. The suspect was located and arrested shortly thereafter in a vehicle he stole from the residence.

Over the next weeks and months the investigators worked with the Josephine County District Attorney's office and the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division to process the evidence. They were able to use DNA analysis to tie the suspect, BRIAN SCOTT KILLIAN, to the stolen vehicle, several crime scenes, and other key evidence. The DNA was a critical factor in the successful prosecution of this case. According to the Josephine County District Attorney's office, the lab results had a huge impact in resolving the case: KILLIAN pleaded guilty to a variety of criminal charges, including multiple counts of Aggravated Murder, and he agreed to "true life" sentences, which will ensure he dies in prison. Great teamwork, communication, and cooperation between the Josephine County Major Crime Team and the Forensic Services Division contributed to the successful resolution of the case.

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Public Assistance needed in identifying the individual(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of two elk near Wamic, OR **Update - T.I.P. Information** (Photo) - 02/07/17

**Update**

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, fur-bearers 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

Fur-bearers $100

**End of Update**


Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers are requesting the public's assistance in locating the individual or individuals responsible for the unlawful taking of a bull and cow elk near Wamic, OR on the White River Wildlife area.

On Feb. 5th, 2017 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers were contacted by an employee of the Oregon Department of Wildlife after receiving a complaint of a dead cow elk on the side of Rock Creek Rd. near the boundary to the USFS (48 Road). Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded to the scene and located a dead cow elk that had been shot. Although the meat had been removed there is no open season to hunt cow/bull elk in this area or during this time. Of particular significance the cow elk was determined to be pregnant and carrying an unborn calf.

A short time after locating the cow a second elk was located in a nearby field. The 4X5 bull had been shot and wounded and was still alive. For humanitarian reasons the bull had to be dispatched.

It is believed that both animals were shot between the evening hours of Saturday February 4th and the morning hours of February 5th by the same individual(s). This case is especially sensitive in nature due to location where the elk were taken. This area of the White River Wildlife area is known as the Cody barn and is a feeding station for wintering elk which are already struggling due to high snow fall this season.

Due to the proximity of homes in the area the Oregon State Police is requesting that if someone heard or has information on the unlawful taking of these elk to contact Sr. Trooper Brent Ocheskey -- The Dalles Area Command at 541-296-9646 or the Oregon State Police Turn in Poachers Tip line at 800-452-7888. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) involved in the taking and any information offered can remain anonymous.

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Law Enforcement in Eastern Oregon Apprehend Homicide Suspect (Photo) - 02/06/17

On February 4, 2017 during the evening hours, OSP received an attempt to locate an individual who had warrants for his arrest for Homicide and Unlawful possession of a firearm. Credible information was developed that the fugitive, who was known to have violent tendencies and to abuse drugs was possibly traveling on US 20 between Burns, Oregon and Ontario, Oregon. OSP with the assistance of the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and an agent from the Bureau of Land Management attempted to locate the blue Ford F150 pickup that the subject was reported to be driving.

At approximately 8:45pm PT, a vehicle matching the description was located near milepost 163 on US 20 parked off the shoulder of the roadway. As law enforcement pulled in behind the vehicle, the vehicle accelerated and fled eastbound on US 20.

As the vehicle fled, its speeds ranged from 50-100mph and the operator was driving very recklessly, often times traveling into the oncoming lanes of travel and into the path of oncoming vehicles. Numerous items, including a loaded firearm were thrown from the vehicle as it eluded. Those items were recovered by the Harney County Sheriff's Office. The Malheur County Sheriff's Office successfully deployed spike strips at milepost 216 and flattened the two driver's side tires. The vehicle slowed and at milepost 218, veered off the right shoulder of the roadway and into a snowdrift.

The driver, 46 year old John David WURDEMANN from Twin Falls, Idaho was taken into custody without incident. Wurdemann was lodged in the Malheur County Jail on the following charges: Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Felony), two Nationwide Felony warrants -- one for Homicide out of Canyon County, Idaho and the other for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm out of Twin Falls, Idaho. Wurdemann was additionally charged with Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another.

The passenger, 22 year old Stormy Raine ALLEN also from Twin Falls, Idaho was also taken into custody without incident. Allen was lodged in the Malheur County Jail on the following charges: Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Felony), Hindering Prosecution (Felony), Tampering with Evidence, Offensive Littering and Interfering with a Police Officer.

The vehicle was towed to the OSP office in Ontario where it was secured. The investigation is ongoing.

Both lanes of US 20 at milepost 218 were blocked for approximately 15 minutes while the two subjects were being taken into custody and the scene rendered safe.

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OSP Troopers Seize Drugs, Money and Firearm (Photo) - 02/06/17

On February 4th, 2017 at approximately 11:43AM Oregon State Police Troopers from the Klamath Falls Area stopped a 2001 GMC Yukon for traffic violations northbound on HWY 97 MP 240 just north of Klamath Falls.

During their contact the driver was identified as 32 year old Jose Perfecto Adan De Jesus and the passenger, 27 year old Hipolito Adan De Jesus who were both from Bridgeport Washington. Troopers suspected them to be engaged in criminal activity. The driver attempted to flee on foot and was quickly captured.

A search of the vehicle with the assistance of an Oregon State Police Drug Detection Canine revealed approximately; 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 3.5 pounds of Heroin, 2.2 pounds of cocaine, $66,550.00 of US currency and a semi-automatic pistol.

Both suspects were lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges: Possession and Delivery of Crystal Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Heroin. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Money Laundering, Criminal Conspiracy, Attempt to Elude by foot (driver) and Possession of a Forged Instrument (passenger).

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Forest Grove Woman Killed In Highway 47 Crash - Washington County (Photo) - 02/05/17

On February 5, 2017 at about 2pm, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a fatal crash on Hwy 47 near milepost 85 just south of Banks in Washington County.

The preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Ford truck operated by 35 year old JOSEPH M POETTER of Banks was NB on Hwy 47 when a 2005 Chrysler van, operated by 28 year old NICHELE BROOK AKERS of Forest Grove was SB and crossed over into the NB lane colliding into the Ford truck. AKERS was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The occupants of the Ford truck were transported by ambulance to OSHU with minor injuries. The passengers in the truck were 33 year old HEATHER POETTER of Banks and their three juvenile children.

The weather and road conditions are considered a factor in the crash as the investigation continues.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Banks Fire Department and the Washington County Sheriff's office.

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Two Killed, OSP Trooper Injured In Highway 101 Crash - Coos County (Photo) - 02/05/17

Please refer to attached press release from Coos County District Attorney's Office.

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Hwy 42 Near Landers Lane in Douglas County - 02/04/17

Oregon State Police Troopers responded to vehicle vs pedestrian crash on February 3, 2017 at approximately 8:35pm. The crash occurred on Hwy 42 near Landers Lane, in Douglas County.

When Troopers and emergency personnel arrived on scene the westbound lane was blocked and the pedestrian was pronounced deceased by emergency personnel.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2007 Lincoln sedan operated by 76 year old CLAUDE F. STUMP of Roseburg was westbound on Hwy 42 when his vehicle struck the pedestrian, 57 year old TAMI LEE CAIRNS of Roseburg who was in the lane of travel and there was no cross walk.

Neither alcohol nor speed appears to be a factor in regards to the driver. The driver was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash remained on scene cooperated with the investigation.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Fire District 2, Winston Dillard Fire and ODOT. All lanes of travel were initially closed for about 10 minutes, and then the eastbound lanes were opened.

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***Update*** (Photo) - 02/04/17

****PHOTO OF SUSPECT****

Attached is a photo of the suspect, NATHATN CROUCH. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact Trooper Marcus McDowell at 1-541-531-5906 or Email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.

***End update***


After receiving information of illegal hunting activity occurring in NE Oregon, OSP launched an investigation into the unlawful taking of several trophy class bull elk and mule deer.

The investigation revealed that in September, 2016 TRAVIS MOODENBAUGH of Elgin, Oregon and a juvenile had killed a trophy class bull in the Wenaha Unit without a valid tag. The bull is suspected to have been killed with a rifle during the 2016 archery controlled hunt season. The investigation resulted in multiple search warrants being executed and the collection and analysis of DNA evidence.

Multiple sets of deer antlers, a black bear, a trophy class set of Elk antlers, drug paraphernalia, cell phones, and other items were seized.

On December 19, 2016 TRAVIS MOODENBAUGH was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal, Aiding in a Game Violation, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. The juvenile was charged with Unlawful Take of a Game Mammal, Unlawful Possession of a Game Mammal, and Failing to Check-in Bear with ODFW.

After analyzing the seized items another investigation ensued resulting in the discovery of a trophy sized mule deer that was shot on or about November 3, 2016. Investigation revealed the buck was killed in the Catherine Creek Unit by SAMUEL NEITCH of Elgin, Oregon without having a valid mule deer tag.

On January 28th, 2017 SAMUEL NEITCH was charged with Unlawful Take/Possession of a Game Mammal and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

This is the third case in as many months investigated by OSP in which trophy class animals have been unlawfully killed in Union County. One of which the suspect, NATHAN CROUCH Elgin, Oregon, is still at large. A warrant has been issued by the Union County District Attorney's office for his arrest. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of NATHAN CROUCH is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell at 1-541-531-5906 or Email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.

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Two separate school bus crashes in Josephine County (Photo) - 02/04/17

On Friday, February 03, 2017 at approximately 8:10 a.m. a two vehicle collision occurred on US-199 at the Kerby Mainline Rd. intersection in Josephine County, which is 1 mile north of Cave Junction.

A 1983 Chevrolet pickup, operated by HUMERTO PEREDECOSTA was westbound on Kerby Mainline and failed to stop at a posted stop sign. He was struck within the intersection by the school bus. The school bus was an Illinois Valley School District bus operated by GREG BENNETT and was traveling southbound on US-199. The drivers were not injured during the collision; however, one of the school bus passengers was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. PEREDECOSTA was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

***SECOND CRASH***
A second crash occurred at about 2:30 pm on February 3, 2017 on US-199 near milepost 15 in Josephine County, which is about 15 miles west of Grants Pass. The First Student school bus had just dropped off the majority of its passengers and had one remaining child on board. The bus had pulled into a gravel turnout in order to turn around.

As the bus was stationary, a southbound 2006 Hyundai Tucson left the roadway for unknown reasons. The driver apparently over-corrected causing the Hyundai to crash into the school bus.

The driver of the bus and his 5 year old passenger were both transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital for minor injuries.


All four occupants in the Hyundai were transported for injuries. The adult female driver, an adult female passenger and an infant were transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital with unknown injuries. The adult male in the vehicle was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. There was dog in the Hyundai that died as a result of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing as additional information is learned and there is no further information at this time regarding the second crash.

Attached Media Files: Second Crash
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****Update**** (Photo) - 02/03/17

Pedestrian Identified


On February 1, 2017 the investigative team was able to determine the identity of the male that was killed on Hwy 126 on January 31, 2017 near Mapleton. The subject was identified as 48 year old MICHAEL JOSEPH GRIFFIS and was from the Florence area. No further information is available at this time.

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On January 31, 2017 at about 1:25pm, OSP Troopers were dispatched to a report of a male jumping in and out of traffic on Hwy 126 near milepost 11, which is 3 miles west of Mapleton in Lane County.

While responding to the call, a report came in of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the same area. Once on scene, Troopers determined the pedestrian had died as a result of his injuries. The description of the pedestrian matched the calls received earlier. The operator of the 2015 Dodge commercial van, 34 year old KALEY HEWITT of Independence, OR was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

The identity of the deceased male is unknown at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance, Siuslaw Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Two Lane County men convicted of Unlawful Hunting - 02/01/17

On November 4, 2016, around 9:30 p.m., Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division observed from a distance a pickup truck on Weyerhaeuser property east of Springfield (Booth Kelly area) engaged in what appeared to be hunting by spotlight. A nearby State Police aircraft was summoned to assist in monitoring the vehicle until troopers on the ground could investigate closer.

While the aircraft was monitoring the suspects and directing the officers to the location of the suspect vehicle, the occupants spotlighted and shot a 3-pt Black-tail deer buck. The two men were dragging the deer back to their vehicle when troopers reached their location.

Sgt. Chris Ashenfelter and assisting officers contacted the men and confirmed the hunting activity. The temperature and condition of the deer confirmed it had just been taken by gunshot. Troopers cited both men after seizing the involved rifle, deer, and spotlight.

On January 19, 2017, Eugene resident KEVIN DUANE NEU, age 40, appeared with his lawyer in Lane County Circuit Court and plead guilty to Unlawful Aiding in Hunting and Taking of Deer with Artificial Light. He was sentenced to three years court probation, a 3-year suspension of his hunting privileges, a $1000 compensatory fine to the Oregon Hunter's Association TIP (Turn-in-Poacher) Program, and a condition that he not participate in any hunting excursions for the next three years.

On January 26, 2017, Springfield Resident SCOTT MICHAEL BLACHLY, age 40, appeared with his lawyer in Lane County Circuit Court and plead guilty to Unlawful Hunting and Taking Deer with Artificial Light. He was sentenced to three years court probation, a 3-year suspension of his hunting privileges, $1000 restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and a condition that he not participate in any hunting excursions for the next three years. The Court also ordered the deer, BLACHLY'S rifle, and the spotlight forfeited.

Both men were trespassed by Weyerhaeuser from its timberland properties.

The salvageable meat from the deer was previously donated to a charity organization in Oakridge to be given to families in need.

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

The T.I.P. reward is paid for by the Oregon Hunter's Association, 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- $1000
Elk, deer antelope- $500
Bear, cougar, wolf- $300
Habitat destruction- $200
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags- $100
Game fish, shell fish- $100
Upland birds, waterfowl- $100
Furbearers- $100

Death Investigation at Nehalem Bay State Park - 02/01/17

On January 30, 2017 at approximately 2:15 PM, Oregon State Police was notified of a medical call at the Nehalem Bay State Park. The medical call came in as CPR was being performed on a female. The female was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was later identified as Patricia Abbott (age 46 from Nehalem).

The preliminary investigation revealed Abbott was a transient and was walking with her boyfriend, Shawn Schmock (age 50 from Lincoln City) in the state park near their camp when she experienced a medical condition. Abbott contacted another friend, Steve Moore (age 55 from Nehalem) and asked for assistance. Moore responded to the location to find Schmock performing CPR on Abbott. Medics were called to the location when both Schmock and Moore left the scene.

Both Schmock and Moore were located at Moore's residence in Nehalem. A parole violation warrant (original charge Sex Abuse) was located for Schmock and he was taken into custody and lodged at the Tillamook County Jail. Schmock and Moore cooperated with the investigation.

The Tillamook County Major Crime Team, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Manzanita Police Department, Nehalem Fire and Rescue, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, and the State Police Medical Examiner's Office assisted Oregon State Police.

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ODOT snowplow truck and commercial truck collide in Umatilla County (Photo) - 02/01/17

On January 31st, 2017 at approximately 12:34pm Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command responded to a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 225.

Investigation revealed an Oregon Department of Transportation snow plow operated by RYAN MCLAUGHLIN, age 35, of Pendleton Oregon was traveling eastbound in the fast lane ,in the act of plowing, when a 1999 Freightliner-commercial motor vehicle operated by BRYON KILMER, age 38, of Sweet Home Oregon attempted to pass the snow plow on the right. While attempting to pass, the commercial motor vehicle struck the snow plow on the passenger side plow wing causing the snow plow to enter the center median and roll onto its side. Both involved vehicles suffered damage and had to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported in the crash.

The operator of the commercial motor vehicle was cited for Unsafe Passing on the Right. The Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation remind drivers that it is unlawful to pass snowplows on the right while they are in the act of plowing.

Below are tips from the Oregon Department of Transportation on actions drivers should take when they encounter snow plows during winter driving conditions.

Keep a safe distance from plows and sanders

It's illegal to pass a snowplow on the right on state highways. On most Oregon highways, snowplows have "wing" plows that stick out more than eight feet from the right front edge of the truck. The snow being plowed or blown off the road can contain rocks and other debris that can damage vehicles.

Drivers who try to pass on the right when a snowplow is in operation run the risk of damaging their vehicles, hitting the snowplow or running off the road and into a snow bank or guardrail.

Trying to pass a plow on the left also has its problems. The road behind the snowplow is in much better condition than the road ahead. If conditions are severe enough to require the attention of a snowplow, drivers should use extra care when trying to accelerate and pass other vehicles. Ruts in the snow can grab tires; icy conditions make it difficult to control any vehicle at higher speeds.

Drivers should give winter maintenance vehicles such as plows and sanders a wide berth. They do not travel at high speeds and other vehicles quickly overtake them. Plows and sanding trucks pull over periodically to let traffic pass. The best advice is to stay at least three car lengths behind and give yourself more time to get where you are going.

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SafeOregon- Oregon State Police launches SafeOregon January 31, 2017 (Photo)- Correction - 01/31/17

****Correction on TIP Number. The correct number is (844)472-3367


The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon a new school safety tip line program available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon at no cost to use. SafeOregon requires schools to complete a sign-up process in order for students to use.

SafeOregon is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

"Schools should be safe places for children to learn, educators to teach, and for communities to gather," Governor Kate Brown said. "We can all do our part through the SafeOregon tip line to share information about potential threats to student safety. This important statewide resource is a direct result of the recommendations of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, and I am grateful to everyone who contributed to improving the safety and security of our Oregon schools."

"To all Oregon students, I want to encourage you to make courageous decisions to break the code of silence and speak out against harmful behaviors before they turn to tragedy", stated Superintendent Travis Hampton. "We can make a difference in our schools and communities and we are committed to creating a safe and respectful culture to support you."

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by e-mail to tip@safeoregon.com, through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or iOS device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3367. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

SafeOregon -- the school safety tip line -- became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety charged with improving safety and security at schools across the state. The task force was established by House Bill 4087, bringing together representatives from police, fire, school administration, teachers, school boards and service districts, along with the Governor's education and public safety policy advisors, and legislators. The task force is chaired by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Dr. David Novotney Willamette Education Service District.

For more information please visit safeoregon.com. The resource page has more information for students, parents and for schools to sign-up. Students and parents are encouraged to talk to their school administration about making SafeOregon available in their school.

Additionally:
It is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

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Dayton woman dies in fatal crash on State Route 18 (Photo) - 01/30/17

On January 29, 2017 at about 8am, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on State Route 18 about milepost 50.5 in Yamhill County near Dayton.

According to Troopers on scene, a 2005 Jeep Liberty, operated by 19 year old MADELYN A WEST of Beaverton was traveling east on State Route 18. WEST's vehicle crossed into the west bound lane of travel colliding head on with a 2000 GMC Envoy operated by 68 year old BERTHA A MARTINEZ of Dayton. MARTINEZ was pronounced deceased on the scene. WEST was transported to Oregon Health Science University with critical injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Department, Dayton Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Eugene man dies in a fatal crash near Veneta (Photo) - 01/30/17

On Sunday 01/29/2017 at about 10:55pm the Lane County Deputies responded to a single vehicle MVA involving a dark colored 1993 Volkswagen Passat 4D on Central Road at MP 1, east of Veneta, OR in Lane County. Upon arrival, they discovered a fatality and requested the Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit take over the investigation.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Volkswagen was traveling northbound and for an unknown reason, veered off the roadway onto the right shoulder while negotiating a left hand sweeping curve. The vehicle continued driving on the shoulder until it overturned, collided with fence and ejected the two occupants. The vehicle landed on its roof and was consumed by fire. One of the occupants sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel at 11:10pm. The second occupant, a juvenile, sustained critical injuries and was transported to River Bend Hospital by ambulance and later to Good Samaritan in Corvallis, OR.

The decedent was identified as: GRAVES, LIAN ESRAEL, 20 year of age.

Next of kin notification was made by LCSO and Central Road was shut down for approximately six hours.

OSP was assisted by Lane Fire Authority and Lane County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is ongoing as it has not been determined who was operating the vehicle at the time of the collision

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash on HWY 101 near Highlands Lane - Clatsop County - 01/27/17

OSP Troopers are continuing the investigation into last night's fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 101 at milepost 17 (north of Gearhart).

On January 26, 2017, at approximately 10:50 p.m., a white 1980 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Brian DUTCHER, age 50, of Seaside, was northbound on Hwy 101 when he struck a pedestrian that was in the northbound lane of travel.

Preliminary investigation indicated that a 15 year old juvenile male had exited a vehicle that was parked on the northbound shoulder of the highway and started running down the middle of the highway before being struck by the northbound Chevrolet. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene and alcohol may have been a contributing factor on the part of the pedestrian.

DUTCHER and passenger in the Chevrolet were not injured and are 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, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Gearhart Fire and Medix Ambulance.

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Standoff With Double Homicide Suspect Concludes In Pendleton - Umatilla County - 01/25/17

The following is on behalf of Chief Stuart Roberts, Pendleton Police Department:

12:09 p.m., January 25, 2017, the Umatilla County Dispatch Center located in Pendleton, Oregon disseminated an attempt to locate for thirty-three year old Western Washington resident Jared Abernathy at the request of the US Marshals and Mason County Sheriff's Office located in Shelton, Washington. The information received by Umatilla County law enforcement was that Abernathy was suspected of committing a double homicide in Mason County on January 24, 2017, and was believed to be armed.

Just before 1:00 p.m., a Pendleton Police Officer located a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox associated with Abernathy parked behind the Motel 6 in Pendleton just off Interstate 84. Shortly thereafter, US Marshals arrived in Pendleton to provide investigative/apprehension assistance to the Pendleton Police Department. A perimeter was quickly established as additional resources were requested from the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Hermiston Police Department.

Trained negotiators were able to establish communication with Abernathy at 3:14 p.m. after several failed attempts. Communications were maintained for almost five hours as Abernathy spoke to family, friends and negotiator(s). The ultimate goal of having Abernathy come out of his motel room peacefully ended at 8:06 p.m. when negotiators heard what sounded like a muffled report from a firearm. Several attempts to re-establish communication with Abernathy went unanswered before Oregon State Police SWAT breached the door to Abernathy's motel room in an attempt to render aid and/or take Abernathy into custody; however, Abernathy was found to be unresponsive.

Detectives from the Pendleton Police Department and Oregon State Police in cooperation with the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office and Mason County Sheriff's Office processed the motel room.

Interstate 84 between Exits 209 and 213 were shut down for a period as a safety precaution. Movement of patrons in surrounding businesses and vehicular traffic on adjacent roadway(s) were also restricted.

Questions specific to the Mason County criminal investigation should be referred to the Mason County Sheriff's Office.

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***Driver Identified*** Eugene Woman Killed In Single Vehicle Crash On Highway 126 - Lane County (Photo) - 01/23/17

The driver of the Lexus was identified as Dawn M COMPTON, age 38, of Eugene. No further information available at this time.

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Previous Release:
On January 22, 2017 at about 7:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 126 near milepost 29 (west of Walton). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they found an adult female deceased.

The investigation revealed a 2002 Lexus sedan was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it left the roadway while negotiating a left hand curve. The vehicle drove on the shoulder until it sideswiped a tree, continued traveling, striking a second tree. The driver, a 38 year old female from Eugene, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Lane Fire. The eastbound lane of Highway 126 was closed for about three hours. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the death. Seatbelt usage is also being investigated. The name of the driver and photographs will be released once next of kin has had sufficient time to notify further family members.

No further information at this time.

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Vancouver Man Killed In Interstate 205 Crash - Clackamas County - 01/22/17

On January 21, 2017 at about 4AM, emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck on Interstate 205 near milepost 2 (Stafford Area). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they discovered the adult male pedestrian was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Freightliner towing a box trailer was traveling northbound on Interstate 205 in the center lane of the available three lanes when he observed a person run onto the highway. The driver, Robert R BARNCORD, age 40, of Salem, was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian, Kevin J HIDALGO, age 26, of Vancouver, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicated HIDALGO was crossing the highway from the inside shoulder and directly in front of the truck. Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction Team assisted with the investigation. Interstate 205 (northbound) was closed for four hours while the investigation was conducted. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Arrest Made In Death Of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg Nearly A Decade Later (Photo) - 01/21/17

On January 20, 2017, it was learned that Alfredo De JESUS ASCENCIO, age 29, was arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla on an arrest warrant for the death of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg and another man in June of 2007.

On June 16, 2007 Deputy Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call southbound on Highway 99E north of Gervais when his patrol car was struck head-on by a northbound vehicle driven by Alfredo De JESUS ASCENCIO. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputy Fredinburg joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died.

De JESUS ASCENCIO, who was 20 years of age at the time of the crash, was treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital. De JESUS ASCENCIO had two passengers one of which died the next day at a Portland area hospital. He was identified as nineteen year old Oscar ASCENCIO AMAYA.

Oregon State Police investigated the crash and received an indictment on August 3rd, 2007 for two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide on De JESUS ASCENCIO. It was learned he fled the US to Mexico to avoid prosecution around the time of the indictment.

De JESUS ASCENCIO was believed to be hiding in Mexico and there was no chance of him being returned to the US due to the limitations in the extradition treaty. In 2010 Oregon prosecutors sought an Article 4 prosecution which allows certain crimes committed in the US to be prosecuted by the Mexican judicial system.

In 2010, OSP investigators traveled to Mexico and filed the Article 4 paperwork in front of the Procurador General de la Rep├║blica (PGR), which is the equivalent of the Attorney General's Office in the US, and presented them with all police reports translated into Spanish. The case went to a Mexican federal judge for review. In 2011, OSP learned that the judge had approved the Article 4 paperwork and a warrant was issue for De JESUS ASCENCIO's arrest. Since that time, OSP, the Marion County District Attorney's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and FBI have collaborated in efforts in locating De JESUS ASCENCIO.

Interpol, in coordination with FBI agents working in Mexico and in Salem, determined De JESUS ASCENCIO's location. On January 20, 2017, Interpol confirmed the arrest to the FBI. He is currently being held in custody while the Article 4 process continues.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers commented today saying, "It has been nearly 10 years since the tragic loss of Deputy Kelly Fredinburg. While no one has ever given up hope that the individual responsible for this tragedy would be apprehended, it has been an emotional, trying and difficult journey to reach this point. I would like to thank the Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police for their tenacity with this investigation. I also express my heartfelt condolences to the Fredinburg family, as this capture may bring relief, but also a renewed sense of loss. My sincere hope is for justice and healing as this case proceeds ahead."

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Coos Bay Woman Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Coos County (Photo) - 01/21/17

On January 20, 2017 at about 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 101 near milepost 241 (just south of Coos Bay). Emergency personnel crews arrived on scene and found an adult female deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Honda Accord attempted to cross Highway 101 from Millington Frontage Rd near milepost 241. The Honda was struck by a 1992 Chevrolet pickup that had been traveling southbound on Highway 101. The driver of the Honda, Kelly J SMITH, a 55 year old female from Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ronald L RANDOLPH, a 57 year old male from Myrtle Point, was taken to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane, both northbound and southbound, while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Millington Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to be released at this time.

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