Serious Injury Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash on HWY 224 at I-205 - 01/23/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a vehicle-pedestrian crash on Highway 224 at I-205.
Preliminary information indicates that on January 17, 2015, at approximately 7:35 P.M., a 2004 Honda passenger car, operated by 23 year-old ASHLEY M. DUNCAN, of Gresham, was on Highway 224 making a turn onto I-205 northbound. As DUNCAN made the turn, ELIZABETH M. GRIGGS, age 47, of Milwaukie, proceeded through the intersection against the walk signal (pedestrian signal indicating stop) and was struck by the Honda.
Duncan immediately stopped and blocked traffic as she and others at the scene provided medical aid to Griggs. Griggs was transported to OHSU by ground ambulance with serious injuries. Duncan is cooperating with investigators.
No photographs are available for release on this incident.
*** Update *** Troopers in North Plains Seek Public Help Locating 4-year-old Pit Bull "Dixie" following Crash (Photo)
Dixie has been found and returned to her owner. Thank you for your assistance.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are asking for your help locating a missing 4-year-old Pit Bull named 'Dixie'. The dog went missing late last night after the car it was riding in was involved in a minor traffic crash on Highway 6 near Aerts Road, about 1/2 east of Banks.
The driver of the vehicle was transported to the St. Vincent Hospital where she was treated and released. At some point during the event 'Dixie' fled the scene.
Anyone who may have seen 'Dixie' in the area of Highway 6 and Aerts Road is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. OSP will contact the dog's owner or put you in touch with them.
Media with follow-up questions may email the OSP Public Information Officer (PIO) at OSPPIO@state.or.us
for additional information.
Serious Crash on Highway 99E near Canby (Photo)
Oregon State Police Troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's serious injury crash on highway 99E near milepost 18.5, northeast of Canby.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 7:00 A.M., a two-vehicle, side impact (T-bone) crash occurred when a white, 2002 Ford Focus, driven by SERGIO D. PEREZ-PLEUGER, age 19, from Canby, pulled onto highway 99E from Haines Road. Shortly after pulling onto the roadway the Focus was struck in the driver's side door by a northbound, gold, Cadillac CTS, driven by 57 year-old BRENDA K. GRAHAM, of Canby. Perez-Pleuger was seriously injured and transported via air-ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). Graham was transported via ground ambulance to Willamette Falls Medical Center for treatment.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Canby Police Department, Canby Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
*** Update 2 *** Multi vehicle traffic crash - Interstate 84 near Baker City in Baker County (Photo)
Crash Photo 1
Oregon State Troopers are continuing their investigation into Saturday's early morning crash. Further consolidation of information among Troopers reveals that approximately 26 vehicles or vehicle combinations were directly involved in a crash. The estimate of total vehicles at the scene either involved in a crash or blocked between crashes is between 50 to 70 vehicles.
12 patients were treated for injuries at the St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City - 6 arrived by ambulance and 6 arrived by third party.
After their arrival to St. Alphonsus in Baker city, 1 patient was transferred to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries, 1 patient was transferred to St. Alphonsus in Boise, ID with serious injuries and 2 patients were transferred to the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande for treatment.
The Hazmat Team declared no leaks in loads and ODOT and OSP continue to clear scene. The Interstate 84 eastbound road closures are still in effect until the remaining vehicles are removed and westbound lanes are currently open.
The highway surface was covered with ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick. OSP is reminding all drivers that winter driving conditions can be very treacherous and drivers should slow down and use extreme caution when traveling on the highways.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a multi vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near Baker City. All eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 are blocked with several crashed vehicles. ODOT and emergency responders are on scene.
Early information indicates that on January 17, at approximately 4:54 A.M., estimated 20 vehicles, traveling eastbound onto black ice, collided and resulted in blocking all eastbound traffic with approximately 50 vehicles blocked within the crash scene. Two vehicles were transporting hazardous materials and an assessment is being conducted at this time. 4 occupants were transported with minor to serious injuries.
Traffic updates are on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.
*** Subject in Custody ***Barricaded subject at Valley of the Rogue State Park - Jackson County
Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office have taken the male subject involved in this event into custody. The suspect, identified as CHARLES P. ULMER III, age 56, of Rogue River, was arrested at approximately 4:16 P.M., and charged with Assault 4- domestic violence, Strangulation, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Mischief (x2) for damaging police equipment during his arrest.
Preliminary information indicates that last night at approximately 9:00 P.M., ULMER assaulted his girlfriend at the Valley of the Rogue State Park. This morning, the victim, name intentionally withheld, sought help from Rangers at the park who contacted OSP.
OSP responded and was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office SWAT team who was able to take ULMER into custody after he barricaded himself for several hours. At some point during the incident ULMER damaged some police equipment which resulted in the additional charges of criminal mischief.
This investigation is ongoing and any further release of information will be coordinated through the Jackson County District Attorney's office.
OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon State Parks Department. No photographs are available for this release.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Jackson County Sheriff's Office personnel are on the scene of a barricaded subject in the Valley of the Rogue State Park, in Jackson County.
Preliminary information from the on-scene commander, Lieutenant Kelly Collins of the Oregon State Police Central Point Area Command, indicates that at approximately 10:04 A.M., OSP personnel were called to the park by rangers reporting a potential domestic violence incident. While troopers were in route the man reportedly entered into his travel trailer in the campground area of the park and barricaded himself alone. The woman involved in the investigation is not in danger.
Upon arrival OSP troopers made contact with the subject who remains barricaded at this moment. Troopers requested the assistance of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and its tactical team and have secured the area and evacuated nearby occupants. According to Lieutenant Collins, the area has been isolated and secured so no public threat is present. Currently, only D, E and F loops within the parks campground area have been evacuated and the remainder of the park is open - including the rest area.
Negotiators from the Sheriff's Office tactical team are working to resolve this incident safely and appropriately. Interstate 5, which is adjacent to the area, has not been impacted by this event.
Additional information and updates will be provided when it becomes available.
*** Correction *** Vehicle - Pedestrian Fatal Crash - Old Highway 99 in Wolf Creek - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle - pedestrian crash on Old HWY 99E near Wolf Creek bridge and are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them.
Early information indicates that on January 13, at approximately 7:04 P.M., a 1995 Isuzu Trooper, driven by COLTON J. SHULTS, age 19, of Wolf Creek, struck 69-year-old DELORES GRANTHAM,of Grants Pass, in Wolf Creek on Old Highway 99, approximately 18 miles north of Grants Pass in Josephine County. GRANTHAM was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver was not injured.
OSP is asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them by calling the OSP Southhern Command Center at (541) 776-6111. Troopoer Quirke is the lead investigator on this incident. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, AMR ambulance and the Wolf Creek Fire Department.
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on HWY 47 near Milepost 54.5 - Single Occupant (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a single vehicle, single fatality crash on highway 47 near milepost 54.5, just north of Vernonia.
Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates that for unknown reasons, a Grey, 2008 Subaru Outback,operated by NATHAN J. JACKSON, 36, of Vernonia, was southbound on highway 47 near milepost 54.5 when it crossed the northbound lane and left the roadway, striking a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Alcohol is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Vernonia Fire District and Mist Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District.
*** Media Additional Photo *** Fatal Crash on HWY 99E at MP 17 near Canby - Double Fatality (Photo)
*** Media Update ***
One additional photo (showing the white Hyundai) has been added. The photo was originally withheld to notify next of kin.
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle, head-on crash on HWY 99E near milepost 17, in Clackamas County, near Canby. Previous information that the crash involved two fatalities was amended, however, since that correction, a second person has died, making this a double fatality crash.
Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that at approximately 10:20 A.M., a Grey, 2000 Hyundai Accent sedan was southbound on highway 99E near milepost 17 when for a yet undetermined reason, it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. This section of highway has two northbound lanes. The Hyundai collided head-on with an unknown year, 'Eagle' make, semi-tractor pulling a flat bed trailer loaded with an asphalt roller, that was northbound in the right-hand lane.
The driver of the Hyundai, identified as MEGHAN A. CALLAHAN, 31, of Milwaukie, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 9-year-old (age corrected from 8) and name not released, female passenger was flown to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) where she died at approximately 12:47 P.M. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and is cooperating with investigators.
The semi-truck is reported to have spilled a small amount (under 50 gallons) of diesel fuel during the crash. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality responded to assist.
OSP is being assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Canby Fire District, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Mollala Police Department, West Linn Police Department and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Further details will be released when they become available.
Grants Pass Man Arrested After Assaulting His Infant Child (Photo)
A Grants Pass man was arrested in Portland on Friday after an investigation by the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division into the injuries of his 7-week-old child. The man was arrested by troopers and ultimately lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
On Friday, January 9, 2015, the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point was notified of an injured 7-week-old infant who had been transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland two days earlier with critical injuries. The infant was initially transported to Three Rivers Medical Center and after successful resuscitation efforts transferred to Doernbecher's in Portland where the child is still under medical care.
OSP Detectives in Central Point started an investigation into the incident and subsequently requested assistance from OSP Major Crimes Detectives in Portland to contact the child's father at the hospital. After being interviewed by OSP Detectives, the child's father, identified as KEVIN 'TONY' McCAGE, age 27, was taken into custody on charges related to the child's injuries.
McCAGE was transported by Oregon State Police troopers to Grants Pass where he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Assault in the first degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the first degree.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact:
Detective Deanna Harris Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division or Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters Southwest Regional Headquarters
Cave Junction Man Facing Felony Assault Charges after OSP Investigation - 01/12/15
Cave Junction man faces felony assault charges after an investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP).
JOHN GERARD HOGAN, age 54, was arrested Wednesday, January 7th, and faces charges for First Degree Attempted Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree and Driving While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant.
On December 29, 2014, at approximately 10:55 P.M., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a rural address in Josephine County for a report of a disturbance with shots being fired. The involved male subject, later determined to be Hogan, was reported to be in his vehicle outside the residence where he was making threats toward others and creating a disturbance. The caller reported Hogan was firing shots from his truck and later rammed his truck into another vehicle that arrived on scene during the disturbance.
An ongoing criminal investigation by OSP detectives determined that Hogan struck the second (arriving) vehicle with his truck numerous times at the residence and then chased the vehicle and its occupants down the road as he continued to crash into it from behind. Hogan eventually crashed his truck shortly after leaving the scene and was later hospitalized for injuries he received as a result of the crash.
One of the victim's in the second vehicle was also transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital where she was treated and released. The investigation indicates that alcohol may have played a role in the incident.
On January 7th Hogan turned himself in to troopers at the Grants Pass office and was arrested. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on a $50.000 bail. No photographs are available for this release.
*** Update *** Commercial Truck Transporting Salmon Smolt Crashes on HWY 126E in Lane County (Photo)
On January 7, Oregon State Police troopers cited LEWIS for the crimes of DUII-alcohol, and Reckless Driving into Lane County Circuit Court.
No further information is available for release at this time. Additional inquiries may be directed to Lt. Lang Hinkle at the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536 ext. 218.
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday Afternoon's crash on highway 126E near milepost 11, in Cedar Flat; just east of Springfield.
Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 2:50 p.m., a westbound Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) fish delivery tanker driving on highway 126E was loaded with 11,000 Chinook salmon smolts and water and headed to the Row River near Cottage Grove where they were to be released. The fish were being transferred as a result of low water concerns at McKenzie Hatchery caused by floodgate malfunctions at Leaburg Dam, which provides water to the hatchery.
As the driver, identified as RAY C. LEWIS, 45, of Umpqua Oregon, was negotiating a curve the vehicle went off the roadway and crashed into a power pole and some trees. The truck overturned and spilled its contents at the roadside. All of the fish being transported died as a result of the crash.
LEWIS suffered facial and scalp lacerations and was transported to the hospital for treatment of other unknown injuries. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in this incident and additional investigation is pending. OSP is being assisted by the Lane County District Attorney's Office (LCDA).
Further inquiries regarding the fish transfer should be directed to Rick Swart, Public Information Officer for ODFW, at 971-673-6038 or Rick.Swart@state.or.us
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and McKenzie Fire and Rescue.
Motor Vehicle Crash into the Columbia River on I-84 near Arlington Prompts Clean-Up (Photo)
On January 5, at approximately 6:00 A.M., troopers from The Dalles Area Command were dispatched to I-84 approximately 10 miles east of Arlington to check on a male subject who was reported to be walking down the middle of the freeway. The area was checked, but no one was located.
Several hours later, OSP dispatch received a report of a car in the water near the same location. Responding troopers located a white, 1997 Chevrolet Blazer, submerged in the waters of Willow Creek along the westbound lanes of I-84 near milepost 148.
An check of the vehicle found no one was inside, however, oil and gas leaking from the vehicle resulted in a slick covering approximately 300 feet of the Willow Creek Waterway. An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper specializing in the investigation of environmental incidents responded to assist with the investigation. A team from NRC Environmental Services also responded and contained the fluid spill to prevent further contamination before the vehicle was removed.
Emergency and environmental cleanup crews were on scene for approximately 7 hours investigating the crash and clearing the scene. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Gilliam County Sheriffs Office.
Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. Announces Changes to some OSP Command Personnel - 01/05/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. has announced the promotion or reassignment of several key agency personnel, including the next Deputy Superintendent. The following promotions/transfers were effective December 1, 2014.
Patrick Ashmore has been selected to replace Deputy Superintendent Maureen Bedell following her retirement in December. Ashmore, age 53, previously held the rank of Major, overseeing the Police Services Bureau, which encompasses the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, Criminal and Forensics Divisions as well as the State Medical Examiner. Ashmore has over 28 years of experience with OSP, holding positions in the agency's Patrol and Criminal Divisions, including special assignments in the Drug Enforcement Section.
Major - Police Services Bureau:
Andy Heider, age 38, has been promoted from Northwest Region Captain to Major, Police Services Bureau, taking over from Deputy Superintendent Ashmore. Heider has worked for OSP for over 19 years and has held positions in the agency's Patrol and Fish & Wildlife Divisions, including specialty assignments in the Special Investigations Unit of the Fish & Wildlife Division.
Northwest Region Captain:
Captain Jeff Hershman, age 44, has worked for OSP for over 20 years. Hershman was reassigned from his previous role as Criminal Division Captain to replace Major Heider as the Northwest Region Captain in Salem. Hershman was promoted to Captain in 2014 and has served in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions and worked in the Office of Professional Standards (OPS).
Criminal Investigations Division Captain:
Terri Davie, age 46, was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to head the Department's Criminal Investigations Division, replacing Captain Jeff Hershman. Davie has held positions in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions and her most recent assignment was as Lieutenant, overseeing the Oregon State Athletic Commission section within OSP. Davie has served as a Crisis Negotiations Team member on the Oregon State Police SWAT team for over 5 years and was the Capitol Mall Patrol Office Station Commander.
East Region Captain:
Captain Rob Edwards, age 45, was reassigned from Southwest Region Captain to East Region Captain following the retirement of Captain Dave Macmaniman. Captain Edwards has worked for OSP for 21 years and held various assignments in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions, including the Drug Enforcement Section, and spent 13 years on the agency's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).
Southwest Region Captain:
Captain Ted Phillips, age 47, is a 24-year member of the Oregon State Police and was reassigned from his previous position as Forensic Services Division Director (Captain) to the Southwest Region Captain, replacing Captain Rob Edwards. Captain Phillips has worked in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions and served on the Department's SWAT team and Mobile Response Team (MRT). Captain Phillips worked in the agency's Drug Enforcement Section prior to his promotion to Captain.
OSP Troopers Asking for the Public's Help Locating a 14-Year-Old near the State Fairgrounds - 01/04/15
*** UPDATE ***
BRANDON has been located safe and is no longer of interest. OSP appreciates your assistance.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are asking for the publics help in locating a 14-year-old male who walked away from his family members at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem at about 10:20 p.m. today.
Troopers identified the boy as BRANDON K. WATERMAN, 14, from Bend, who was with his family at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem when he walked away. BRANDON is autistic and troopers are asking anyone with information to report it immediately.
BRANDON is described as 5'8" tall, weighing 100 pounds and having brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black pants, a grey hooded sweatshirt, white tennis shoes and wearing a black baseball hat with the letters "RFC" in red and white. He was last seen walking northbound from the fairgrounds across Silverton Road toward Portland Road.
Anyone with information as to BRANDON'S whereabouts is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555.
Serious Injury Head-On Crash - Highway 101 near Milepost 130 (Photo)
On January 2, at approximately 6:03 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US HWY 101 near MP 130.5 that closed the highway to all traffic for approximately 7 hours. The investigation is continuing but preliminary information indicated a grey, 1991 Mazda pickup, being driven by 27 year-old RAYMOND DAVID, of Otis, was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed and passing in no passing zones and around corners. Near milepost 131, DAVID passed another vehicle and began to fish tail. A southbound, 2009 Sterling tractor trailer (loaded with frozen foods), driven by STEPHEN JOHNSON, 57, from Ridgefield, Washington, was hit when the Mazda lost control and collided with the right front portion of the tractor- trailer. DAVID was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Good Samaritan in Corvallis, and then to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland. JOHNSON was not injured and has cooperated with investigators at the scene.
The Mazda pick-up came to rest in the southbound lane of travel and the tractor and trailer came to rest sideways in the highway blocking all lanes of travel. As a result of the crash, 100 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the nearby ravine.
Oregon State Police is the lead agency but was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire, ODOT, Lincoln County Major Crash Team (made up of Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Lincoln County DA, and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office), and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. The hazardous material was cleaned up by Northwest Firefighters.
*** Update 2 *** Two Person Fatal Crash on HWY 140 East (South Side Bypass) at Washburn Road - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police troopers are asking the motorist who picked up the injured suspect on Washburn Way near South Side Bypass on December 28, 2014 at approximately 9:40 a.m., to contact them. Please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch at 1 (541) 883-5711 if you have any information relating to the motorist who assisted the injured driver by picking them up at the crash scene on South Side Bypass.
On Saturday, December 28, 2014, at approximately 7:40 am, OSP troopers responded to the South Side Bypass (Hwy 140 East) near milepost 3, on a reported single vehicle rollover crash. A red Ford Ranger pickup was driving west bound and left the north side of the roadway, colliding with a road side lamp post and highway sign, then rolling several times into an adjacent pasture.
Two of the vehicles occupants, GARRETT ZIMMER, 22, of Hermiston, and MARRI D. YOUNG-WELLBAUM, 26, of Eagle Point, were ejected from the pickup and deceased at the scene. A third occupant, GUAGE L. GRAY,22, of Klamath Falls, was transported to Sky Lakes Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Speed, alcohol and icy road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash. None of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing safety restraints. This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Klamath County Fire District #1, and the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are just arriving on a single vehicle double fatality crash on HWY 50 (South side Bypass) at Washburn Road in Klamath Falls.
OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and traffic at the location may be affected. For up to the minute traffic details please visit www.tripcheck.com.
Additional releases will be made as information becomes available.
Preliminary Holiday Reporting Stats for New Years - 2015
Preliminary New Year's Holiday reporting numbers:
Oregon State Police troopers reported an uptick in the number of DUII arrests made over this New Year's Holiday period, December 31, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., to January 1, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.
During the 2014-2015 holiday period troopers arrested 37 drivers for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, up from 2013 when troopers arrested 29 impaired drivers.
Troopers responded to 35 crashes this year, 2 of which involved one or more fatality.
Death Investigation on the Beach - 1 Mile North of Roads End State Park
On January 1, at about 8:53 A.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a report of a deceased person on the beach about 1 mile north of Roads End State Park.
Early information indicates that 58-year-old JAN THUM, of Damascus, was walking on the beach collecting agates. THUM was found deceased by a person walking on the beach and called in to the Lincoln City Police Department. While the investigation is not complete, troopers believe his death was not suspicious.
OSP was assisted by the Lincoln City Police Department and Pacific View Mortuary responded also. No photographs are available for this release.
*** Update *** Double Fatal Crash on HWY 34 at MP 12 in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two-vehicle, double fatality, head-on crash on highway 34 at milepost 12, in Linn County.
Early information at the scene indicates that on January 1, at around 7:00 p.m., an aqua colored, 1994 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by BRADLEY R. STORKSON, 26, of Lebanon, was traveling westbound on highway 34 at milepost 12 when for it crossed the centerline and collided with an eastbound, blue, 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The driver of the Camaro was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 7-year-old male passenger was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries and subsequently taken to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland via air ambulance for further treatment. The driver of the Impala, identified as FELICIA N. HAMILTON, 28, of Lebanon, was also transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where she were pronounced deceased.
While the investigation is not complete, speed is being considered as a potential factor in this crash.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, (Linn County Crash Team)- Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, and Tangent Rural Fire District.
*** Update 2*** Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash on HWY 18B - West of Sheridan
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on highway 18B, in Sheridan, in Yamhill County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a dark gray, 2006, Pontiac Vibe, operated by TOM MISHLER, 81, of Sheridan, was eastbound in the eastbound lane of travel on highway 18B near milepost 5, just inside Sheridan, when he struck 66-year-old CONNIE K. NICKESON, of Sheridan, who was in the eastbound lane on the roadway in a wheelchair. NICKESON was pronounced deceased at the scene.
MISHLER was located by Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies shortly after the crash and contacted by troopers thereafter. He is cooperating with investigators at this time and was not injured during the crash. Troopers do not believe alcohol to be a factor in this crash and the reason MISHLER did not remain at the crash scene is still under investigation.
Highway 18B was closed for approximately 5 hours while troopers completed the investigation, including a full reconstruction of the incident. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, Medical Examiner, McMinnville Police Department and the Grand Rhonde Tribal Police Department.
Oregon State Police (OSP) with the assistance of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Department have located the vehicle and driver involved in this mornings fatal vehicle/pedestrian crash in Sheridan. Troopers and Deputies are continuing the investigation and appreciate the publics assistance in locating the vehicle.
Additional information will be released when it comes available.
Oregon State Police troopers are arriving on scene of a hit and run vehicle versus pedestrian crash on highway 18B near milepost 5 - on the west end of Sheridan and troopers need your help locating the driver.
According to Senior Trooper Bridget Taylor, on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at approximately 7:00 a.m., a newer model, dark grey, Toyota - either a mini-van, SUV or crossover, sustained heavy front end damage after it struck an elderly female in a wheelchair. According to witnesses the driver stopped momentarily then left the scene.
OSP is asking anyone with information about this crash to contact the Sr. Trooper Taylor by calling the OSP Northern Command Center (NCC) non-emergency number at 503-375-3555.
No photographs are available for release at this time. This information will be updated as available.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers in Central Point Make Arrests in Elk/Deer Poaching Cases
In early September 2014, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from Central Point investigated a report of a trophy bull elk killed off Lake Creek Road; only the head was taken with the rest of the elk carcass left to waste.
Additionally, troopers received reports of several deer carcasses in the same area which had only the heads removed also. Rewards were offered from several sources totaling over $15,000.00. The Oregon Hunters Association, Humane Society of the United States, and The Cascade Ranch all offered reward monies.
After receiving tips from callers OSP Troopers identified two men believed to be responsible for taking the trophy bull elk and four buck deer. The elk and deer antlers were recovered and both men were issued criminal citations to appear in the Jackson County Circuit court.
AUSTIN BURKETT, 19, from Eagle Point, was cited for Unlawful Take of Deer (2 counts), Unlawful Take of Elk, and Waste of Wildlife (3 counts).
CHRISTIAN D. COCHRAN, 19, from Eagle Point, was cited for Unlawful Take of Deer (2 counts), Aiding in a Wildlife Crime, and Waste of Wildlife.
Trooper Josh Nugent is the case officer form this case. Anyone with more information is asked to please call (541) 618-7973.
OSP wishes to thank those members of the hunting and angling community for their assistance in identifying the persons responsible for these types of crimes. As always, any person may report wildlife crimes or suspected wildlife crimes anonymously to the OSP Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.
*** Previous Release ***
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Central Point is seeking the publics assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a large bull elk recently on Lake Creek road in Eagle Point in Jackson County.
Trooper Josh Nugent is investigating the discovery of a bull elk that's head was cut off and taken and the rest was left to waste on Lake creek road near mile post 2 on September 8, 2014. The rate of decomposition suggests that it might have been killed on September 6 or 7, and likely at night.
A reward of up to $6,000.00 is being offered on this case through several sources: $5,000.00 is offered through the Humane Society of United States for information leading to a conviction, Cascade Ranch for $500 for information leading to an arrest and Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program is also offering $500 which is administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541)727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS A FRESH BULL ELK HEAD OR ANTLERS BUT HAS NO MEAT OR CARCASS YOU COULD EARN YOURSELF $6,000.00 FOR SHARING THE INFORMATION WITH OSP.
Trooper Josh Nugent
Oregon State Police-Central Point
Fish & Wildlife Division
Office: (541) 618-7973
December 30 Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 near Chemult - 12/31/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two vehicle, head-on crash which occurred at approximately 5:30pm, December 30 , on US97 near milepost 197 (near Chemult).
Preliminary information indicates a silver 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser being driven by BILL FOSTER CHAPMAN, 86, of Tulelake, CA was traveling southbound on US97 when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the northbound lane, colliding with a silver 2011 GMC Acadia. CHAPMAN was transported by Crescent Fire Department to Gilchrist, where he was transferred to an air ambulance for transport to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for treatment of his injuries. While being treated at St. Charles Hospital, CHAPMAN died from his injuries.
The driver of the GMC, AARON HINRICHS, 34 of Eureka, CA, was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with minor injuries. Also traveling in the GMC were Danielle Hinrichs (32), and three minor age children, all of which were also transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with minor injuries.
The highway was covered with a mix of ice and snow at the time of the crash. The highway was closed for approximately 1 ?1/2 hours due to the collision. No photographs are available at this time.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Chemult Fire Department, and Crescent Fire Department.
Hazardous Weather is Implicated in Two Near Miss Non-Injury Crashes (Photo)
The Oregon State Police wants to remind everyone to be prepared for winter driving conditions and to slow down. Two recent near-miss crashes act as reminders of the hazards of winter driving.
1 - On December 28, at around 7:10 p.m., two Oregon State Police troopers working a crash scene on I-84 near milepost 356 were outside their patrol car with emergency lighting activated when a car approached at too high of a rate of speed for the conditions and lost control. The car struck the patrol car causing damage to both. Both the driver of the car and the troopers were uninjured during the crash however, the patrol car had to be towed from the scene.
2 - On December 29, at around 9:47 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a two vehicle, non-injury crash involving a school bus on highway 101 near milepost 205 in Douglas County.
Preliminary information indicates a red, 2012 Ford Fusion, was travelling southbound and passing a school bus from Newport carrying 24 students and three coaches to a basketball tournament in Coos Bay. The roadway was wet and covered with hail and as the Fusion was completing the pass it lost control and hit the front corner of the bus. The Fusion left the roadway and went down over the embankment; coming to rest about 150 feet later after striking trees and other debris. None of the occupants in the school bus were injured. The driver of the Fusion, identified as DOROTHY M. HENDERSON, 74, of Florence, and her passenger were assisted by the Reedsport Fire Department Rope Rescue Team; they sustained minor injuries during the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Reedsport Fire Department, Gardiner Fire Department and Mast Bros. towing.
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R.A.D.E. Team Search Warrant in Grants Pass Nets Large Drug Seizure (Photo)
On December 12, 2014, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (R.A.D.E.), Oregon State Police, ATF, and DEA assisted in the service a search warrant in the 600 block of Robmar Lane, in Grants Pass, Oregon.
The search warrant revealed approximately 28 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 100 pounds of processed marijuana, a large scale Butane Honey Oil (BHO) conversion lab, LSD, US Currency, 4 firearms, and several other items of contraband. The suspect, identified as ANTHONY STILLS, 38, of Grants Pass, was arrested and lodged on felony charges for Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Psilocybin Mushrooms, Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Psilocybin Mushrooms, Possession of a Controlled Substance - Psilocybin Mushrooms, Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, Felon in Possession of a Firearm X 4, Possession of a Controlled Substance - LSD.
There were two other adults present who were cited and released on various felony charges. The Oregon Department of Human Services responded to assist and removed an 8 year old child from the residence.
Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.
The inter-agency R.A.D.E. team is comprised of personnel from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and Josephine County Community Corrections.
* Correction to location * Deceased Body on Baker Beach is Missing Wenatchee Washington Man
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the discovery of a deceased man who washed ashore at Baker Beach in Lane County this past weekend.
On Saturday, December 27th, prior to 10:00 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to Baker Beach in Lane County where a person walking in the area discovered a deceased man on shore.
Upon arrival, troopers discovered a deceased adult male that had come ashore after being in the ocean. Troopers worked with the Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office and the Lane County Medical Examiner to identify the man by dental records as BRYAN E. McKINNEY, 27, of Wenatchee Washington, who was reported missing on December 16th. While the investigation is ongoing, troopers do not suspect foul play was involved.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office and the Lane County Medical Examiner. No photographs or further information are available for release.
OSP Asks Drivers to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' - 12/29/14
2013 was 'Fatality-Free' during the 30-hour New Year's holiday reporting period and Oregon State Police troopers intend to repeat the trend (6:00p.m. December 31, 2013, through 11:59:p.m., January 1, 2014).
For 2014, OSP Troopers and local law enforcement partners will participate in a national enforcement effort, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,' to discourage impaired driving and prevent alcohol-related incidents on Oregon highways. During the 2013 effort, OSP troopers reported 29 DUII arrests during the 30-hour reporting period, 22 of which were on January 1st.
"We are encouraged by the decrease in fatalities during the 2013 New Year's holiday period and we plan to keep up the momentum;" said OSP Major Travis Hampton. "We want folks to enjoy this time of celebration with friends and family and to keep it enjoyable by making safe and sober driving a priority."
Important safety tips for holiday planning:
* Designated Driver (DD) - If you haven't worked out who will drive if you're going to drink; now's the time!
* Make it an Over-nighter - couches or hotel rooms make great landing pads and are far more comfortable than a jail bed.
* Call a cab or use public transportation - If you are in Portland - TriMet is giving free rides starting at 8:00 p.m., on New Year's Eve (http://www.trimet.org/alerts/newyear.htm). Check your local area for great offers like TriMet's!
* Be a good host - Tasty non-alcoholic beverages for the designated driver of the group is a great gesture; your DD will appreciate it.
* Reach out for help - if you've been drinking you shouldn't be driving. Call a cab, phone a friend or send for backup on Twitter - it may mean the difference in someone else's life.
* If you do see a drinker behind the wheel call and report it: 9-1-1 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865)
Some startling data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that during the holiday season in 2012, 40 percent of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior DUI on their record. And many offenders are young drivers: during that same holiday period 37 percent of the 21- to 24-year old drivers in fatal crashes were drunk. Surprisingly, almost 1 out of 6 drivers under the age of 21 in those fatal crashes were also drunk, even though they're too young to legally buy or consume alcohol. (Courtesy NHTSA)
According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), since 1970, there were no fatalities reported in 2003, (30 hour period) and 2010, (78 hour period). Preliminary numbers for the 2014 Christmas holiday reporting period indicate (5) vehicle related fatalities in Oregon, Wednesday December 24 at 6:00 p.m., to Sunday December 28, at 11:59 p.m.( The New Year's holiday reporting time is Wednesday December 31, at 6:00 p.m., to Sunday January 4, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.)
(Name Released) Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash on HWY 42 near Milepost 60 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday mornings vehicle - pedestrian collision on highway 42 near milepost 60, about 3 miles west of the town of Ten mile.
Preliminary investigation indicates that THOMAS J. McDERMOTT JR., 76, of Ten Mile, was on the highway shoulder for several hours prior to moving onto the eastbound travel portion of the highway and being struck and killed by a red, 1999 Ford Taurus. The operator of the Taurus, identified as KRISTA M. PADILLA, 55, of Camas Valley, was not injured and has been cooperating with investigators. Troopers believe the man suffered from a medical disorder which may have disoriented him. The crash occurred at approximately 5:25 A.M.
No photographs of the scene are available for this incident.
*** Original Release ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on highway 42 near milepost 60 that occurred shortly before 5:30 this morning.
One lane of travel was open as troopers conducted the investigation and reconstruction of the incident. OSP is being assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Head-on Crash on HWY 6 near Milepost 10 in Tillamook County
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday Evenings two vehicle head-on crash on highway 6 near milepost 10 in Tillamook County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 8:45 P.M., A 2004 Chevrolet Impala, driven by AMBER R. MAERZ, age 34, from Newberg, was westbound passing another vehicle. Part of the pass occurred in a no passing area (solid yellow centerline). During the pass, the Chevrolet Impala struck an oncoming vehicle, a 1992 Geo Metro, driven by ZACHARY McVAY, age 26, from Tillamook, head-on. There was one passenger in the Geo Metro identified as BRANDY REED, age 21, from Tillamook. After impact, the Geo Metro continued over an embankment south of the roadway and struck a tree coming to rest near the bank of the Wilson River. The Chevrolet Impala came to rest in the eastbound lane of travel facing west.
McVay was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center with serious injuries including head trauma and broken legs. He was later transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland by ambulance for further treatment due to the extent of his injuries. Reed complained of chest pain and was transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center by a friend. Maerz also complained of chest pain, but chose not to go to the hospital. Maerz was cited for the crime of Reckless Driving.
The highway was closed for approximately 1.5 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook Fire and Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, and the Tillamook Police Department. No photographs are available at this time.