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Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 211 west of Molalla (Photo) - 09/17/14
A Molalla-area woman was injured Wednesday morning in a rollover traffic crash off Highway 211 near S. Palmer Road west of Molalla. Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 6:51 a.m., a Dodge Neon driven by JENNIFER ERWIN, age 41, from Molalla, was traveling westbound on Highway 211 near milepost 10. As the vehicle was negotiating a left curve, it traveled onto the gravel shoulder where ERWIN lost control. The vehicle crashed through a wire fence into a field and rolled onto its top, coming to rest against a tree.

ERWIN was injured and it took Molalla Rural Fire Protection District firefighters about 30 minutes to remove her from the vehicle. ERWIN was taken by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with non-life threatening injuries. She was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

OSP Portland Area Command office is completing the investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo) - 09/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W west of Veneta. OSP is working with the Lane County Medical Examiner to positively identify the victim.

According to Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on September 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon containing one person was traveling eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve when it went off the side of the highway and struck a tree.

The vehicle caught fire and a passing motorist stopped at the scene. Due to the spreading fire, they weren't able to get the victim out of the vehicle or put the fire out as it spread to several trees and surrounding brush.

Firefighters from Lane Fire Authority and Lane Rural Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that spread to an estimated ?3/4 of an acre area.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene.

The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was opened to traffic. ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Name & Photos Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126 west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo) - 09/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an unreported serious injury crash found Tuesday morning by an ODOT employee and OSP trooper off the side of Highway 126W about ten miles west of Veneta. The driver's name is released in this update.

On September 16, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., an OSP trooper patrolling westbound on Highway 126W was following an ODOT employee in a truck near milepost 38. The ODOT employee radioed to the trooper about possibly seeing a tire through the roadside brush. After the trooper and ODOT employee turned around and stopped on the side of the highway, they got out and confirmed there was an overturned vehicle off the highway and it was occupied by a seriously injured man.

After calling for medical response, they started emergency medical care until relieved by personnel from Lane Fire Authority and an ambulance. LifeFlight responded to the scene and transported MICHAEL P. VINCENT, age 36, from Coos Bay, to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where he is in the intensive care unit. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Initial investigation indicates the crash happened overnight at an unknown time as the 2001 Chevrolet Impala traveled westbound, went off the highway and rolled several times.

Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Alert Trooper Arrests TV Theft Suspect After Short Foot Chase - Interstate 205 at Clackamas Interchange (Photo) - 09/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a theft suspect Tuesday afternoon as he tried to scale a fence following a short foot chase along the northbound shoulder of Interstate 205 at Clackamas. The suspect was on felony probation and also wanted on 3 felony warrants.

On September 16, 2014 at approximately 1:38 p.m., an OSP trooper on patrol northbound Interstate 205 approaching the Clackamas interchange saw a male subject toss a large TV box over a chain link fence behind the Fred Meyer store on the east side of the freeway. As the trooper stopped the marked OSP patrol car, the man picked up the TV box and started running south along the fence line. The trooper pursued the man on foot about a hundred yards where the man stopped, dropped the TV box and tried to scale the fence. The trooper pulled him off the fence and detained him.

Further investigation indicated the suspect identified as CARLOS IVAN COTTO, age 25, from Oak Grove, stole the TV from the Home Electronics section and fled out a back door.

After being checked by medical personnel at the scene, COTTO was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Absconding Parole (Clackamas County warrant)
* Probation Violation (Clackamas County warrant)
* Unlawful Entry in a Motor Vehicle (Clackamas County warrant)
* Theft in the Second Degree
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot

The stolen 48-inch HDTV was returned back to the store.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Photographs - Oregon State Police
(Note: Cotto photograph will be available on Clackamas County Jail's website later today)

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Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Unlawful Killing of 3 Black Tail Bucks in Eagle Point (Photo) - 09/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of three black tail bucks on Lake Creek Road in Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $5,250 is being offered through two sources for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering $5,000 and the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program, administered by the Oregon Hunters Association, is offering an additional $250.

Trooper Josh Nugent is investigating the discovery of three black tail bucks disposed of on Lake Creek Road near milepost 4. One of the bucks had his head cut off and the hind quarters and the rest was left to waste. The other two bucks had their skull caps cut off and the rest was left to waste. The rate of decomposition suggests they might have been killed around the first week of September.

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.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at (240) 672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

No photographs for this release.

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Two Horses Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle - Highway 47 north of Highway 26 in Washington County - 09/16/14
Two horses were struck Monday night by a passenger car along Highway 47 about three miles north of Highway 26 in Washington County. Both horses died and the involved driver received a minor injury.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 9:51 p.m., a 2013 Hyundai Sonata four-door driven by an adult female was traveling northbound on Highway 47 near milepost 73 when it struck two horses walking loose on the highway. One horse was killed on impact. The other horse was seriously injured and later euthanized by a veterinarian who responded to the scene at the horses' owner's request.

The vehicle was extensively damaged and its driver received a minor hand injury but refused hospital transport. The driver's name is not available for this release.

ODOT personnel responded to the scene to remove the deceased horses. One lane was open for traffic for two hours.

OSP, Washington County Sheriff's Office, and Banks Fire District 13 responded to the incident.

No photographs available for this release.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 5 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 north of Medford - 09/15/14
Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for a speed violation. Upon contacting the car's two occupants, they were identified as driver RORY GENE WOMACH, age 30, from Grandview, Washington, and passenger JUAN NAVARRO RAMIREZ, age 25, from Yakima, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.

WOMACH and RAMIREZ were arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office jail website, neither suspect is listed in custody at this time.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Driver Cited / Photos - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 35 south of Hood River (Photo) - 09/15/14
Update: OSP cited SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on Highway 35 near Pine Grove. Both drivers were seriously injured and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

On September 13, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 1990 Nissan pickup driven by SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO, age 26, from Hood River, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 95 in the northbound lane when it was involved in a head-on collision with a 1994 Honda Civic. After impact, the pickup came to rest on its side along the northbound shoulder and the Honda was resting in the middle of the highway.

ZANORA AVENDANO was extricated by firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanual Medical Center with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation incidates alcohol is a contributing factor.

The Honda's driver, FRANCISCO CASTRO GUSMAN, age 21, from Parkdale, was also seriously injured and tranported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Zistel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department and local fire personnel.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W in Lane County (Photo) - 09/15/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 12:23 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash off Old Stage Coach Road near milepost 5. A family member of HANNAH S. SMITH, age 18, from Eugene, who was previously reported missing to Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), discovered the wreckage down a steep embankment on railroad tracks below after hearing her screams for help while passing through the area. SMITH was injured and an 18-year old male, identified as CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL from Eugene, was deceased.

LCSO and Lane Fire Authority responded to the scene and confirmed the report. OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to investigate the crash. The railroad company was notified to prevent train traffic until the vehicle was removed and responders cleared the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the 2002 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle containing the two occupants was traveling on Old Stage Coach Road when it went off the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its side on railroad tracks approximately 40 feet below. Initial information indicates the crash may have happened late Saturday night, September 13.

According to LCSO, SMITH was reported missing to their department Sunday, September 14 at 7:58 p.m., after family said she did not arrive at a friend's house Saturday night.

McCARDEL was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. SMITH was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated. She was transported by Western Lane Ambulance District to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Confirmation of who was driving the vehicle is pending further investigation.

Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin is the lead investigator.

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Serious Injury Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo) - 09/13/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County (Photo) - 09/13/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an elderly female passenger after she was transported to a Springfield hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Casey Codding, on September 12, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup driven by WILLIAM L. CALHOUN, age 64, from Bend, was traveling on Highway 126W near milepost 26 when it went off the highway and struck a tree.

The driver's 87-year old mother, BEVERLY LOUISE CALHOUN from Florence, was trapped in the pickup and extricated by Western Lane Fire / EMS personnel. She was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with critical injuries and died after arrival at the hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Josh Wolcott-Peterson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Western Lane Fire / EMS and ODOT. The highway was closed about an hour before one lane was open to traffic during the scene investigation.

No photographs provided for this release.

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Dump Trailer Loses Load of Rocks - Interstate 84 near Boardman (Photo) - 09/12/14
Interstate 84 eastbound lanes are nearly clear of rock that spilled from a dump trailer traveling near Boardman.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling a belly dump trailer loaded with large rocks was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 165 when the gate opened and rocks spilled onto the freeway. One vehicle was reported damaged.

ODOT and OSP responded to the scene. ODOT personnel quickly got equipment to the scene and are removing the rocks from the traffic lanes.

Traffic updates available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Update: Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found in Mt Hood Area (Photo) - 09/12/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend's expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked about one week at that location approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully checked the area to find anyone connected with the vehicle. Two days later, OSP had the vehicle towed and impounded as an abandoned vehicle.

Follow up investigation by OSP and KSP confirmed the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, and his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32, both from Bardstown, Kentucky, have not been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August. KSP initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men, took missing person reports and entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Photographs of both men are provided with this news release.

The following related information is being released in this update:

* On Wednesday, September 10, OSP and HRSO served a search warrant on the vehicle and found several personal items including sleeping bags, a stove, and hiking gear. The items found in the vehicle led HRSO Search & Rescue to believe they didn't leave the vehicle behind with the intention of going on a several-day hiking trip.

* Receipts were also found in the vehicle tracking them from Kentucky to Oregon, including a receipt from a Hood River fast food restaurant dated September 2. OSP contacted the restaurant and confirmed JOHN WOOD was there on that date.

* No maps or notes were found in the vehicle or at their Kentucky apartment indicating a planned hiking route or length of time they were going to be gone.

* A ranger at the Mt. Hood Ranger Station in Parkdale confirmed the two men came to the ranger station on or about September 2. The men indicated they were interested in hiking in the Mt Hood area and possibly the Pacific Crest trail.

* HRSO Sheriff Matt English said Search & Rescue personnel concentrated searches starting in the immediate area of where the vehicle was found parked and then worked outward from there. Searchers have checked the area on both the east and west sides of Highway 35, the Cat Creek area, and forest service roads on the west side leading up to Dog River Road, looking for any sign or sighting that the men were in the area. Several aerial flights were also conducted over a two-day period in the vicinity.

OSP, HRSO and KSP urge anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area since September 2, or with information regarding their whereabouts, to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Lead investigator is OSP Detective Lori Rosebraugh.

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Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Poached Bull Elk Southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County (Photo) - 09/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for killing a large bull elk about five miles southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $5,000.00 offered through the Humane Society of United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT), $4,500 by the Cascade Ranch, and $500 through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program administered by the Oregon Hunters Association.

On September 8, 2014, OSP Trooper Josh Nugent began an investigation following the discovery of a headless bull elk on Lake Creek Road near milepost 2. After the head was removed, the elk was left to waste. The rate of decomposition suggests the elk may have been killed at night on September 6 or 7.

"If you know someone who has a fresh bull elk head or antlers, but has not meat or elk carcass, you can help solve this crime and be considered for a significant reward just by providing OSP with the key tip," said Sergeant Kirk Meyer.

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.

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

No photographs provided for this release.

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Two Astoria Men Sentenced in 3 Counties Following OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Into Unlawful Sale & Purchase of Fish and Crab - 09/10/14
Two Astoria men pled guilty last month and were sentenced in three different counties following an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into unlawful purchasing and selling of fish and crab.

In January 2012, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers began an investigation involving two men who operated Oceanic Logistics, LLC, identified as DANA MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 51, and SEAN MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 26. The company did not have a wholesale fish dealer license due to unpaid State landing fees.

During 2012 and 2013, the men bought and sold fish unlawfully without a wholesale fish dealer license. In an effort to disguise the illegal activity, a monetary deal was made with another fish dealer to document illegal fish purchases on the other dealer's assigned State fish receiving ticket. The unlawful purchases and sales were made in Astoria, Winchester Bay, and Charleston. Most of the illegal purchases involved Dungeness crab, which is a highly competitive market.

In August 2014, the men pled guilty and were sentenced in Clatsop, Douglas, and Coos counties as follows:

DANA FERGUSON

* Clatsop County - Pled guilty to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License & 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $1,000.
* Douglas County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (violation). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation.
* Coos County - Pled guilty to 3 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $24,000 (fine is joint sentence with SEAN FERGUSON)

SEAN FERGUSON

* Clatsop County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (class A misdemeanor). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $1,600.
* Douglas County - Pled no contest to 2 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License (violation). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation.
* Coos County - Pled guilty to 3 counts of No Wholesale Fish Dealer's License and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records (both class A misdemeanors). Sentenced to 5 years bench probation and fined $24,000 (fine is joint sentence with DANA FERGUSON)

No photographs for release.

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Correction #2: Elderly Man Arrested After Shooting at Boat Off Siuslaw River East of Florence (Photo) - 09/09/14
Correction: Mr. Nordahl's first name is spelled "Elden".

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking additional witnesses following the arrest of an 81-year old man who fired a shotgun at the men's boat in the 6000 block of Highway 126 east of Florence along the Siuslaw River.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 1:32 p.m., two OSP troopers, a Lane County Sheriff's Office deputy, and an officer from Confederate Tribes of Coos Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Indians Police Department responded to a reported menacing at 67500 Highway 126 near milepost 3. Initial investigation indicated that two men had boat trouble as they were in the Siuslaw River and rowed to a dock where they secured their aluminum drift boat. One of the men remained with the boat as the other walked to get their vehicle and trailer to remove the boat from the water.

After returning with the vehicle and trailer, the men loaded the boat and were getting ready to leave when the property owner, ELDEN NORDAHL, age 81, arrived on his boat and approached the men. After telling them not to leave, NORDAHL went into his home and came out with a shotgun, firing one shot that penetrated the boat's hull. As he was reloading, the men got in their vehicle and began driving away when a second round was fired hitting the boat's engine.

Subsequent to the investigation, OSP arrested NORDAHL for Menacing, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Pointing a Firearm at a Person. A shotgun, rifle and ammunition were seized for evidence.

OSP troopers reported seeing several people in the river near the incident site that may have been witnesses. Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 to leave a message for contact from lead investigator, Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy.

Photographs:
From Scene - Oregon State Police
Nordahl photograph - Lane County Sheriff's Office

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 at Seven Mile Lane in Linn County (Photo) - 09/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evening's two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 34 and Seven Mile Lane east of Interstate 5 in Linn County that turned fatal when a passenger died at an area hospital.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a 1993 Honda Accord driven by JAMES L. FIELDS, age 25, from Sweet Home, was traveling northbound on Seven Mile Lane when it failed to stop for a stop sign and entered into the intersection at Highway 34. The Honda was struck in the driver side door by a 2004 Subaru Impreza four-door traveling in the right eastbound lane of Highway 34. After impact, the Honda traveled across the highway and came to rest off the north shoulder. The Subaru came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

FIELDS and passenger ANNA MARIE MYERS, age 28, from Sweet Home, were both transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. MYERS reportedly died from her injuries later that night.

The Subaru's driver, CHRISTINA M. BANKS, age 35, from Lebanon, was not injured. She was using safety restraints.

Safety restraint usage by the victim is pending confirmation through the investigation by OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office. Trooper Ray Stallsworth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was restricted to a lane of travel for 90 minutes during the initial scene investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Rogue River (Photo) - 09/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving 5 vehicles southbound Interstate 5 in a highway work zone about two miles south of Rogue River. Names and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on September 8, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m., traffic was moving southbound along Interstate 5 near the bottom of the exit 43 off-ramp in a work zone where traffic was merging from the left lane to the right lane due to a construction-related lane closure.

Preliminary investigation indicates four of the involved vehicles were slowly moving in the right lane when a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle driven by STEVEN COLEMAN, age 31, from Central Point, failed to slow down and crashed into the back of a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by GERALD KIRK, age 65, from Rogue River. The impact caused the Oldsmobile to crash into the back of a Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility vehicle driven by MARIE S. MURPHY, age 25, from Ashland. Two other vehicles, a 2002 Subaru Forrester and a 2002 Dodge Neon, were then involved in the chain reaction crash.

A passenger in the Oldsmobile identified as MICHELE LAURITZEN, age 49, from Rogue River, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints. KIRK was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

COLEMAN was checked at the scene by medical personnel but wasn't transported. He is cooperating in the investigation.

MURPHY was not reported injured. A passenger in the Subaru was transported with minor injuries to a hospital.

OSP troopers from the Central Point and Grants Pass offices responded to the scene to investigate. Trooper Adam Walport is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by other law enforcement, local emergency responders and ODOT. One lane remained closed at the scene during the investigation. Troopers cleared about 10:30 p.m.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Three Vehicles Damaged After Commercial Truck Loses Wheels & Axle - Interstate 5 in Tigard Area (Photo) - 09/08/14
Three vehicles were damaged, and fortunately no one was injured, after the left rear dual axle of a semi-trailer came loose along Interstate 5 near Lower Boones Ferry Road near Tigard.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 2:58 p.m., a commercial truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290 when the left rear dual axle and wheels broke loose. The wheels and axle struck the center concrete barrier, bounced back across the southbound lanes and struck the right front area of a Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle. The wheels and axle then continued across the southbound exit off ramp, through a fence and struck two unoccupied vehicles in a parking lot near a Men's Wearhouse business. Both vehicles received moderate damage.

No citations have been issued. OSP was assisted at the scene by Tigard Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon State Police Asking For Public's Help to Locate Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found Abandoned in Mt Hood Area (Photo) - 09/08/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are asking for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully tried to find anyone to determine why the vehicle was parked at that location. Family contacts said the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, from Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32. Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After notification from OSP, the Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men. KSP has entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office conducted an air search on two occasions with negative results. OSP towed the abandoned vehicle and impounded it pending the investigation.

Anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.

Photographs of both men and the vehicle provided with this news release.

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Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Involving Motorcycle and ATV - Highway 99E north of Brooks - 09/08/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's serious injury hit & run crash that occurred on Highway 99E near Waconda Road NE about three miles north of Brooks. The crash seriously injured a motorcyclist and OSP is looking for information to help locate a reported involved ATV and its operator.

On September 7, 2014 at approximately 8:41 p.m., a motorcycle operated by KEITH F. MILLER, age 48, from Woodburn, was traveling on Highway 99E near milepost 39 when it collided with an ATV-type vehicle that was crossing the highway. Witness information indicated the ATV's operator, described as a Hispanic male, stopped briefly and then left the scene on the vehicle.

OSP and Marion County Sheriff's Office searched the area for the vehicle and operator but found neither. The highway was closed about 45 minutes before one lane was opened.

MILLER was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP is seeking information to help locate the involved vehicle and operator. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP at 800-452-7888. Trooper Michael Lacer is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Marion County Fire District #1, Woodburn Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance.

No photographs available for this release.

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Redmond Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude on Motorcycle - Highway 126E west of Redmond (Photo) - 09/07/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 41-year old Redmond man Saturday following his attempt to elude an OSP trooper on a motorcycle west of Redmond.

On September 6, 2014 at approximately 10:14 p.m., OSP trooper attempted to stop a Honda motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 126E near Cline Falls State Park for a speed violation. The motorcycle accelerated at a high rate of speed in excess of 100 mph. The trooper activated the patrol car's lights and siren but motorcycle's operated failed to yield, continuing at a high rate of speed as it passed another eastbound motorist recklessly before turning off onto Eagle Crest Boulevard.

As the trooper kept the motorcycle in sight, it failed to negotiate a right turn and went off the highway into dirt. The motorcycle continued about a hundred feet before striking a rock causing the motorcycle to fall on its side and the ride to fall off.

The trooper took the motorcycle's operator into custody without further incident. The operator was identified as MICHAEL RICHARD BREMONT, age 41, from Redmond. BREMONT was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for Violation of the Basic Rule in Excess of 100 mph. A charge of Parole Violation is also listed on the Deschutes County Jail's website.

Photograph - Deschutes County Jail

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove in Douglas County - 09/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Friday afternoon's fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash that occurred northbound on Interstate 5 about thirteen miles south of Cottage Grove. The victim's name and additional information related to the crash are released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:55 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PAUL JOSEPH ALVARADO, age 60, from Myrtle Creek, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 161 when the operator failed to merge from the right lane to the left lane entering an active highway work zone. Prior to the scene were multiple signs advising of construction ahead and a right lane closure, as well as orange construction barrels tapering the right lane traffic into the left lane.

The motorcycle hit at least one of the barrels, lost control and struck a guardrail. ALVARADO was seriously injured and was wearing a protective helmet.

An OSP trooper and EMS personnel responded and provided emergency medical care. An air ambulance responded to the scene, but before ALVARADO could be transported he was pronounced deceased.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

The northbound lanes were blocked about one hour before a lane was open to traffic.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Douglas County Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 east of Oakridge (Photo) - 09/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's truck crash that resulted in the death of a Silverton man on Highway 58 about twenty-five miles east of Oakridge. The deceased driver's name is released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a trailer loaded with tree products was traveling westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 61. The truck was reportedly negotiating a downhill curve in the single westbound lane when the driver lost control, crossing the centerline and overturning on the left side. The truck and trailer slid across both eastbound lanes, colliding into the guardrail and embankment before coming to a stop.

Upon arrival of emergency responders, the truck's driver, DENNIS JOSEPH HUBER, age 56, from Silverton, was pronounced deceased. He was using safety restraints. A dog riding in the truck survived. An OSP trooper transported the dog back to the office to arrange its return to the victim's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Oakridge offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Bryan Kolacz is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Police Department, Oakridge Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Three Injured, Truck Driver Cited After Highway Work Zone Crash - Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego - 09/05/14
A commercial truck driver was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an early Friday morning injury traffic crash at a highway work zone area in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego. The crash blocked the northbound lanes for over four hours during incident response and investigation.

Preliminary information indicates on September 5, 2014 at approximately 12:46 a.m., an OSP trooper drove upon the crash scene shortly after it happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 291 at a highway work zone where a contract company was involved in a striping project for ODOT.

A commercial truck driven by KENNETH L. GRAVEN, age 58, from Glendale, was northbound when it was involved in a collision with two construction vehicles. The truck jackknifed and came to rest blocking the northbound lanes. Two contract workers were injured and transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with non-life threatening injuries. Their names or other information about their activity at the time of the crash is not available.

GRAVEN was transported by ambulance to Meridian Park Hospital with a minor injury. He was cited by OSP for Reckless Driving.

ODOT coordinated removal of vehicles and cleanup of fuel and debris at the scene. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

No photographs or other information available for this release.

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Travel Safety Reminders For Game Day in Eugene - 09/05/14
Now that the 2014 college football season kicked off last weekend in Oregon, the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans heading to Eugene for the game of the week to plan now to have an alert, sober and safe driver.

Traffic heading south to Eugene for the University of Oregon (UO) and Michigan State University game should anticipate heavy congestion along Interstate 5 in several Willamette Valley-area locations before and after the game. The extra traffic will affect travel time and increase the potential for highway incidents and crashes. To avoid the road congestion, Portland-area fans may want to consider taking the train with a 25% off special to/from Eugene on Amtrak Cascades (http://www.amtrak.com/goducks)

Reminders for travelers in the Eugene/Springfield area include:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* Highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove has reduced traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. Motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Don't let high temperatures cause you to reach your boiling point. Keep your emotions in check on the road and at the game.
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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Driver Cited After Collision With Vehicle Stopped Behind School Bus Unloading Children - Highway 238 near Jacksonville (Photo) - 09/04/14
Two people received minor injuries Wednesday afternoon in a collision involving two vehicles and a school bus stopped to unload kids on Highway 238 north of Jacksonville. None of the school bus occupants were injured and the at-fault driver was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP).

On September 3, 2014 at approximately 4:42 p.m., a school bus was stopped on Highway 238 near milepost 35 to let children off. A 2010 Toyota Camry driven by a 48-year old female was stopped behind the school bus when it was struck from behind by a Nissan Altima driven by ELIZABETH DEVAUGHN, age 18, from Medford, that was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop. The impact pushed the Toyota into the back of the stopped bus, causing very minor damage to the rear bumper.

The Toyota's driver and DEVAUGHN received minor injuries and were transported by ground ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Initial investigation by OSP led to DEVAUGHN being cited for Careless Driving. Sergeant Jeff Allison is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and EMS personnel, and ODOT. The highway was blocked about one hour at the crash scene.

With schools starting this week, OSP urges all drivers to be alert and watch for school buses stopped to load and unload passengers.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 33 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of New Hampshire Man - Highway 140 west of Lakeview (Photo) - 09/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 24-year old New Hampshire man last Saturday when a traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 33 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a motorhome along Highway 140 about two miles west of Lakeview in Lake County. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1993 Ford motorhome displaying New Hampshire license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 140 near milepost 93. Durng the traffic stop the driver was identified as MATTHEW S. BALUKAS, age 24, from Barrington, New Hampshire.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine, led to the discovery of 33 individually wrapped one-pound packages of marijuana concealed inside the motorhome. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $80,000.

BALUKAS was arrested without incident and lodged in the Lake County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Arrest Related to July 30, 2014 Serious Injury Crash - Highway 26 near Brightwood in Clackamas County (Photo) - 09/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested the driver of a vehicle Thursday who was involved in a July 30, 2014 serious injury traffic crash on Highway 26 near Brightwood. The arrest came after an OSP investigation resulted in the man being indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury.

On September 4, 2014, OSP took TREVOR E. HUGHES, age 26, from Rhododendron, into custody after he turned himself in at the OSP Portland Area Command office. HUGHES was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Assault in the Second Degree
* Assault in the Third Degree
* DUII

On July 30, 2014 at approximately 3:35 p.m., a 1994 Ford pickup driven by HUGHES was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 39 when it traveled across the center turn lane and into the westbound lanes. The pickup collided head-on with a 2004 Subaru Legacy station wagon that was traveling in the right westbound lane. After impact, the pickup rolled before coming to rest on its side.

The Subaru's driver, JOHN M. FLETCHER, age 18, from Battleground, Washington, was extricated and transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with critical injuries. He was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed. FLETCHER continues to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

HUGHES was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU where he was treated and released for minor injuries. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Portland Area Command office conducted the investigation into the cause of the crash with the assistance of the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office (CCDA). Questions regarding an arraignment should be directed to CCDA.

Crash Scene Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Hughes photograph not available at this time through Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

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Motorcyclist Attempting to Elude Police Officer Seriously Injured in Crash in Coos Bay; Investigation Continuing - 09/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Coos County interagency crash investigation team, is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's serious injury crash after a motorcyclist attempting to elude a police officer collided with a Coos Bay Police Department (CBPD) vehicle.

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 6:37 p.m., a 1996 Kawasaki motorcycle operated by JOHN THOMAS BRACKEN, age 40, from Coos Bay, was attempting to elude a Coquille Tribal Police Department officer at a high rate of speed eastbound on Highway 243 (Ocean Boulevard SE). As the motorcycle traveled around a left curve onto Central Avenue, it crashed into the front of a marked CBPD 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe operated by a Coos Bay police officer.

BRACKEN was ejected off the motorcycle and came to rest in brush along the south side of Central Avenue. BRACKEN, who was wearing a protective helmet, was seriously injured and transported by ground ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. He was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for further treatment.

The Coos Bay police officer was not injured.

At the request of the Coos County District Attorney, the interagency crash team was activated and OSP was designated as the lead investigating agency.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos Bay Police Department, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, and Coquille Tribal Police Department.

No photographs available for release at this time.

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Idaho Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude and Resisting Arrest - Interstate 84 west of La Grande (Photo) - 09/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 47-year old Nampa, Idaho man Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges after citizen complaints of a driver harassing other motorists led to an attempt to elude and a struggle with troopers along Interstate 84 west of La Grande.

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 3:33 p.m., an OSP trooper spotted a 1997 Eagle Talon passenger car displaying an Idaho license plate that was the subject of citizen complaints in which the driver was reportedly harassing other motorists. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle westbound near milepost 261 but its driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the trooper in a highway construction work zone. The vehicle struck several construction work zone cones and nearly hit other vehicles at which point the trooper pulled back and turned off the patrol vehicle's emergency lights and siren.

At approximately 3:36 p.m., the vehicle exited the freeway near milepost 257 where it struck a guardrail as the driver tried to return to the eastbound lanes. Using the patrol vehicle, the trooper blocked the vehicle from leaving. The driver crawled out a window and verbally threatened the trooper. A Taser was deployed after which the driver became involved in a struggle with the trooper as two other troopers arrived on scene. The driver continued to resist arrest until the troopers brought him under control and into custody.

The driver was identified as ROBERT ALLAN BLACK, age 47, from Nampa, Idaho. Subsequent investigation led to his arrest and lodging in the Union County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Resisting Arrest
* Harassment

One of the troopers later drove himself to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained while taking BLACK into custody.

Photographs - Oregon State Police
(Note: Photo of suspect not available on Union County Jail's website)

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence - 09/02/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Highway 101 about two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the pedestrian's action leading to his being struck by a passenger car may have been an intentional act.

On September 1, 2014 at approximately 11:53 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a reported injury crash involving a male pedestrian and a passenger car on Highway 101 near milepost 187. EMS responders arrived on scene and quickly transported the 48-year old male pedestrian by Western Lane Ambulance to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased after arrival.

Preliminary investigation indicates the victim, DEWAYNE ARTHUR MERIDITH, age 48, from Florence, was a passenger in a vehicle occupied by his mother and her friend enroute to a local store. As they pulled up toward Highway 101 in a private driveway, MERIDITH got out from the rear passenger seat and approached the road. As a northbound 1997 Honda Civic driven by LUIS CASTRO, age 19, from Keizer, approached, MERIDITH moved in the car's path. Despite the driver's attempted to avoid MERIDITH by braking and veering left, the car struck him.

The car's driver and 17-year old female passenger had no apparent injury.

OSP troopers from the Florence and Springfield offices are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed about four hours at the scene.

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

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

No photographs for release.

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Preliminary Post-Labor Day Holiday Reporting Period Information - 09/02/14
Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

The following is a brief overview of the five reported fatal traffic crashes all of which were investigated by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers:

* On August 30 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a 74-year old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County. The driver fled the scene and was arrested by OSP about five miles west of the crash scene for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and on a misdemeanor warrant.

* On August 30 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 40-year old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

* On August 31 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 47-year old male and 51-year old female, both from Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide in Douglas County.

* On September 1 at approximately 3:50 a.m., a 27-year old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

* On September 1 at approximately 11:53 a.m., a 48-year old male from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101 two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the man's action may have been an intentional move.

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday period, two people died in 2 separate traffic crashes. The deadliest Labor Day holiday period occurred in 1978 when there were 17 reported deaths. Since 1970, nearly 300 people have died in traffic crashes in Oregon during the Labor Day holiday 78-hour reporting periods.

OSP troopers reported 45 DUII arrests statewide during this year's holiday period. Last year, troopers reported 54 DUII arrests. Prior to each holiday period, OSP encourages citizens to report possible DUII drivers they spot on the road so troopers or other agency police officers can get into position to stop the vehicle and determine if the driver is impaired. Of this year's 45 reported DUII arrests, five were the direct result of citizen driving complaint reports to OSP dispatch centers helping troopers get in position to stop the vehicle. Six DUII arrests were connected to injury and non-injury traffic crashes investigated by troopers.

The following OSP offices reported three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:

* Portland Area Command office - 7 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Grants Pass Work Site office - 4 DUII arrests
* La Grande Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Ontario Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

OSP troopers also reported arresting 12 people during the holiday period who were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

(Note: OSP does not track DUII arrests statistics made by other law enforcement agencies. An update will be sent if regarding any additional unreported traffic fatalities.)

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Astoria Man Cited For Commercial Fish-Related Charges; OSP F&W Troopers Seize Over 700 lbs of Chinook Salmon (Photo) - 09/02/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near the Willamette River. Troopers also seized an illegal 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish.

On August 28, 2014, two OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers on nighttime boat patrol were conducting compliance checks on commercial gillnet fishermen on the Columbia River near the Willamette River. During the boat patrol the troopers were checking fishermen for proper licensing, gear and caught fish, and many commercial fishermen were found in compliance.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., the troopers checked a boat belonging to DUFFY DUNCAN, age 66, from Astoria. While checking to ensure he was gillnetting in compliance with rules and regulations, the troopers determined his net mesh size was illegal and he was in possession of 44 Chinook salmon caught in the unlawful net.

The troopers seized the 1,200 foot illegal net and all of the salmon that weighed 748 pounds. DUNCAN was issued citations for Commercial Fishing Prohibited Method (Mesh Size) and Unlawful Take/Possession of Commercially Caught Salmon (44 counts).

The seized salmon was delivered to a wholesale fish dealer and sold at the going rate of $2 per pound. The proceeds will go to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 west of Lebanon in Linn County - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Monday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 34 near Denny School Road west of Lebanon. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female whose name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, on September 1, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. a citizen found a crash scene with ejection along the south side of Highway 34 near Denny School Road. Emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed BETHANY LEANNE WILSON, age 27, from Lebanon, was deceased.

Initial investigation by OSP, with the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Police Department, indicates some time after 3:00 a.m. the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder driven by WILSON was eastbound on Highway 34 when it crossed the centerline and westbound lane. The vehicle went into the ditch, returned back onto the roadway and rolled before coming to rest on its side along the south side of Highway 34. WILSON was believed to not be using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash. Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lebanon Fire District and ODOT. Highway 34 was closed about four hours at the scene during the investigation with a detour in place for local traffic.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

No photographs available for this release.

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Death Investigation - Pacific Ocean off Newport - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of death of a 70-year old Charleston man Sunday while he was on a fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean. Initial investigation indicates he may have died from natural causes.

On August 31, 2014 at 7:47 a.m., two OSP troopers were dispatched to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard (USCG) Station in Newport to meet USCG personnel while a boat was returning from the Pacific Ocean with a deceased adult male. At approximately 12:31 p.m., the fishing vessel "Carolyn Ruth" arrived at the station.

Initial investigation indicates the boat's captain and EUGENE ELMER COMPTON, age 70, from Charleston, left port on August 30 at approximately 3:00 p.m. to go fishing about 25 miles off shore. Later that evening, COMPTON indicated he wasn't feeling well and went to bed. According to the boat's captain, COMPTON reportedly got up during the middle of the night and was found deceased later that morning after the captain awoke.

Recruit Trooper Scott Severson is the lead investigator.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 138E east of Glide in Douglas County - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide near Dry Creek in Douglas County. The crash resulted in the death of two occupants on the motorcycle. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox,on August 31, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by SCOTTY EUGENE SCHULL, age 47 (previously listed as 57 but DOB reflects corrected age), from Winston, was traveling westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 40. As the motorcycle negotiated through a curve, it traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the side of an eastbound 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by DARRELL D. BRINTNALL, age 64, from Portland.

SCHULL and his passenger, KAREN SUE BLACK, age 51, from Winston, were both later pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets.

BRINTNALL and five other occupants in the pickup were not injured. All were using safety restraints.

Highway 138E was closed at the crash scene until 9:30 p.m.

OSP was assisted as the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and local emergency responders.

No photographs for release.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

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Update: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo) - 08/31/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash tht occurred along Interstate 5 at the Speaker Road interchange near Wolf Creek. The crash resulted in the death of a Winchester, Oregon man.

According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 1998 Toyota pickup driven by TERRY RAY ACKROYD, age 40, from Winchester, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 78 when it left the freeway and rolled, ending up about 100 feet off the roadway.

ACKROYD was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. He was using safety restraints.

According to witnesses, the pickup was being operated recklessly at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders. No lanes were closed during the investigation.

Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

This was the second fatal traffic crash investigated by OSP troopers during the Labor Day holiday weekend that runs through 11:59 p.m., September 1. According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update #2: Victim Identified / Photos - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Hit & Run Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County (Photo) - 08/31/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainier Police Department, are investigating a Saturday afternoon fatal hit and run crash along Highway 30 just west of Rainier in which a bicyclist was killed. The name of the victim is released in this update.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a report was received of a hit & run crash in which a pickup struck a bicycle along the westbound lanes of Highway 30 near milepost 50 just west of Rainier. A few minutes later the suspect vehicle was stopped by an OSP trooper near milepost 55 and the driver detained.

Emergency responders arriving on scene of where the bicyclist was reportedly struck confirmed the bicycle rider was deceased after coming to rest off the highway down an embankment. The victim is identified as Peter Michael Linden, age 74, from St. Helens. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver is identified as Kristopher Lee Woodruff, age 34, from Vernonia. Woodruff displayed a North Dakota identification card showing a Minot address. He was lodged in Columbia County Jail for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Washington County for Fail to Appear.

Initial investigation indicates Woodruff was driving westbound and became distracted while looking at a text message on his phone. His vehicle traveled onto the shoulder where it struck the adult male bicyclist. Woodruff, who does not have a valid license, continued driving without stopping at the scene until stopped by OSP.

The Columbia County District Attorney's Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation.

The westbound lane was blocked during scene investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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LaPine Woman Cited For Arson After Several Small Fires Found in Neighborhood west of Highway 31 in North Klamath County - 08/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a LaPine-area woman for Arson in the First Degree Thursday evening after responding to reports of several small fires in Sun Forest Estates off Highway 31 in north Klamath County.

On August 28, 2014 at approximately 8:32 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to a report of a woman setting fires in Sun Forest Estates near Crosswood Road and Beechwood Drive west of Highway 31. Local residents found several small fires and extinguished them. Local firefighters responded to look for other possible fire starts and soaked the areas previously extinguished by residents.

An OSP trooper found GAIL B. THORPE, age 64, from LaPine, walking along an area road. Subsequent investigation confirmed THORPE started the small fires following a domestic argument. She was cited and released to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court for Arson in the First Degree.

No photographs available for this release.

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Driver Facing Several Charges Following DUII-Involved Injury Crash - Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove - 08/29/14
A 36-year old Portland man is facing several charges following Friday morning's alcohol-involved two-vehicle injury traffic crash on Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove.

On August 29, 2014 at approximately 12:33 a.m., a 1999 Honda Civic driven by BENJAMIN V. REICKS, age 36, from Portland, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 176 when it struck the rear of a 2012 Kia Soul driven by PATRICIA LEE, age 67, from Auburn, Washington. After impact, the Honda went off the roadway, damaged an ODOT exit sign and landed on its top.

Local emergency responders arrived on scene and transported both drivers to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.

Initial investigation led OSP to cited REICKS for DUII-Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and law enforcement agencies in Oregon are continuing a nationwide effort to prevent traffic crashes by targeting impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. The nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign aims to keep those driving, riding or walking on or along our roadways safe.

Again this Labor Day holiday weekend - the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon - OSP will put all available sworn personnel assigned to field operations on the road Friday, August 29, to supplement local highway safety efforts. OSP Field Operations Major Travis Hampton said troopers will target crash-causing violations, many of which have a nexus to fatal and serious injury collisions.

Last year during the 2012 Labor Holiday 78-hour reporting period, two people died in traffic crashes on Oregon roads and OSP troopers made 54 DUII arrests. This year's reporting period starts 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, and concludes Monday, 11:59 p.m., September 1.

Someone is killed on a road in the United States in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes. Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one death nationally every 34 minutes. Since 1970, over half of Oregon's traffic fatalities during this holiday weekend were alcohol-involved.

Since August 15, Oregon troopers, deputies and city police officers have been targeting aggressive, dangerous, distracted, impaired and other drivers affecting safety on our roads. This "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign concludes at the end of the holiday period.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll during nighttime and among young drivers, and age group that is often most at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among 18- to 34-year old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (45%) were alcohol-impaired. More than three-fourths of all drunken driving-related fatal crashes during the holiday weekend happened between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. each day.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

No photographs are available for release.

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Citizen's Driving Complaint Leads to Arrest of Medford Man in Stolen Vehicle in Wilsonville Area (Photo) - 08/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Wilsonville Police Department, arrested a 29-year old male Thursday after the suspect fled a stolen vehicle on foot and was found several minutes later by Wilsonville police.

On August 28, 2014 at approximately 12:37 p.m., OSP troopers were notified of a recklessly driven GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 near Salem. The license plate information indicated the vehicle was stolen out of Medford.

At 12:47 p.m., OSP troopers found the vehicle abandoned on the left northbound shoulder in Wilsonville. A description of the suspect who fled the vehicle on foot led Wilsonville Police Department to find a person matching that description about 8 minutes later.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of LOGAN MITCHELL HANSEN, age 29, from Medford, for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, ID Theft, Theft in the Third Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.

Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Note: Photograph of Hansen available at this time)

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Update #2: Name Released - Serious Injury Collision Involving Train and Pickup west of Westfir in Lane County (Photo) - 08/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's serious injury collision involving a train and pickup west of Westfir in Lane County. The critically injured person's name is released in this update following confirmation family were notified.

On August 27, 2014 at approximately 10:45 a.m., a Union Pacific Railroad train was traveling westbound when its operator saw a pickup stopped on the tracks between downed crossing gate arms at the US Forest Service Road 5821 crossing about two miles west of Westfir. The train's operator couldn't come to a stop and struck the pickup which came to rest off the side of the tracks.

The pickup's 52-year old driver, ROLAND MARTY from Westfir, was seriously injured and entrapped in the pickup. Fire personnel from Oakridge Fire & EMS extricated MARTY and then he was taken by ground ambulance to Oakridge Airport. He was then taken by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

Initial investigation found no malfunction with the crossing gate arms and that the vehicle was intentionally stopped on the railroad tracks prior to the train approaching.

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

OSP was assisted by US Forest Service law enforcement, Oakridge Fire & EMS, and Union Pacific Railroad representatives.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update #4: Vehicle Associated With Klamath County SO Deputy Shooting Found; Photo of Deputy Weber Released (Photo) - 08/28/14
The following is an update from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


The Major Crime team has located the 1989 Jeep Cherokee, Oregon license ZFQ 270, associated with the shooting of Klamath County Sheriff Deputy Jason Weber, between North Klamath and Rocky Point.

The victim in the shooting is Deputy Jason Weber, age 40.

The public is encouraged to relay any information they may have regarding this investigation to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at (541) 883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Questions regarding this investigation should be directed to Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.

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Update #3: Additional Arrest in Connection to Shooting of Klamath County Sheriff's Office Deputy; Deputy's Name Released (Photo) - 08/28/14
The following is an update from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Questions should be referred to District Attorney Rob Patridge.

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On Thursday, August 28, 2014, the Klamath County Major Crime arrested William Jack Parkerson, age 30, on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm. The Crime Team has also arrested Karey Leigh Pascoe, age 33, in connection with the shooting and charged her with conspiracy to commit Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Murder, and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, "We appreciate the efforts of all of the law enforcement who have assisted us in the apprehension of these suspects. We are fortunate to have such a strong brotherhood under the badge. Now that the suspects are in custody I want to announce that Deputy Jason Weber, a dedicated Deputy Sheriff for seven years was the Deputy who is the victim of this brutal shooting. Deputy Weber is with his family at Oregon Health Sciences University currently undergoing surgery under the care of seven physicians and is in serious but stable condition. The family knows that the thoughts and prayers of the community go out to them at this difficult time. It is the request of Deputy Weber's family that all contact related to Deputy Weber's condition be directed to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office."

The Major Crime team is still attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. A picture of a similar looking vehicle is provided with this news release.

Any further information the public has about this this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Update: Driver Cited in Connection to August 12th Serious Injury Bicycle-Involved Crash on Highway 126 east of Powell Butte - 08/28/14
A Powell Butte man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an investigation into an August 12, 2014 serious injury bicycle-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126 east of Powell Butte in Crook County.

On August 27, 2014, OSP cited NORMAN CHADWICK, age 44, from Powell Butte, for Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle. ORS 811.065 (Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle) states "The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a 'safe distance' means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver's lane of traffic."

On August 12, at approximately 4:44 p.m., FREDERICK BOUWMAN, age 53, from Ontario, Canada, was riding a KOGA Miyata bicycle westbound along the paved shoulder of Highway 126 near milepost 9 when he was struck from behind by the right front quarter panel and side mirror of a westbound 2003 GMC Sierra pickup driven by CHADWICK.

BOUWMAN was ejected from his bicycle and seriously injured. He was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where he was being treated for serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

Previously released information:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/08_13_2014_seriousinj_bike_hwy126_mp9.aspx.

With Labor Day holiday approaching, OSP urges all drivers to be alert for bicyclists and other vulnerable highway users. When approaching from behind, make sure there is adequate room to safely pass on the left of the bicyclist(s).

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Update #2: Suspect Arrested in Relation to Shooting of Klamath County Deputy: Vehicle Still Not Found (Photo) - 08/28/14
The following is an updated news release from Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge:

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Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge announced this morning that the Klamath County Major Crime has arrested William Jack Parkerson on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

The Major Crime team is still attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting: 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

** Previously released information **

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, a Klamath County Sherriff's Office Deputy while conducting a traffic stop on Bisbee Street in Klamath Falls was shot in the face and side. The Deputy has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University hospital that specializes in head trauma. The Deputy remains stable at this time. All media inquires related to the Deputy's condition should be referred to the Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated and the investigation is ongoing. The suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. The public is warned not to approach the person of interest or the vehicle and to please call 911.

The Major Crime team is seeking a person of interest identified as William Jack Parkerson, age 30. Parkerson is a white male approximately 5' 11" and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He is bald and has a chest tattoo that reads "Norte" and an abdomen tattoo that reads "Under no Law/United Nortenos Locos." Photograph of Parkerson is provided with this release.

The Major Crime team is also attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting: 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. A photograph of similar looking vehicles provided with this release.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, "Everyday the dedicated men and women of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office go out to protect our community. Today is a sad day, a dedicated Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the face and side during a vehicle stop. Fortunately, he is stable at this time and has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University. The family of the injured Deputy and the employees of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office want to thank all the members of the Major Crime Team and all public safety agencies in Klamath County. The Deputy is supported by the brotherhood of the law enforcement community that have come to assist in locating the suspect. I'd like to thank the Jackson, Modoc, and Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Marshall Service, and Air Medical Services (Emergency Airlift)."

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Acting Public Information Officer Contact Information for THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 - 08/27/14
On THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted at:

Office: (541) 888-2677
Email: Steve.J.Mitchell@state.or.us (receives also on his cell phone)

Please note that Lieutenant Mitchell has other assigned duties and his response may be slightly delayed. We appreciate the media's patience during this period.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duties after 5:00 p.m.

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Traffic Safety Reminders to Kickoff Football Game Day Travel - 08/27/14
The 2014 football season kicks off this weekend for both University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon State University (OSU), so the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans and other game day travelers to start planning now for the upcoming season.

According to ODOT, an estimated 30,000 additional vehicles converge on Interstate 5 and roads leading to Eugene and Corvallis when home games occur on the same day for UO and OSU, as is the case for their first games this Saturday, August 30. Even though kickoffs are scheduled at different times, traffic heading south to Eugene may encounter departure traffic from Corvallis with possible heavy congestion between Albany and Eugene. The extra traffic will also join Labor Day holiday weekend travelers, affecting travel time and increasing the potential for highway incidents and crashes.

According to Corvallis Police Department, approximately 80 percent of traffic leaving the Corvallis area after a home football game does so by traveling east or west on Philomath Boulevard, and it typically takes 2 - 3 hours to facilitate traffic flow after games. Game day changes for the Corvallis area will again include:

* Signal timing adjustment on Highway 34 to allow more traffic to pass through intersections.
* After an OSU game, motorists at the South Bypass will be restricted from turning west into town but will enjoy a dedicated right turn lane to travel east onto Highway 34.
* Motorists on the Van Buren Bridge traveling east on Highway 34 will not have to stop at the intersection.

In Eugene/Springfield area:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* After Labor Day, highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove will reduce traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. During that period, motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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Correction: Klamath County Deputy Shot, Injured; Search for Suspect and Vehicle Ongoing in Klamath Falls Area - 08/27/14
Correction: Should have read "On Wednesday, August 27"

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The following is a news release prepared by Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge:

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, a Klamath County Sherriff's Office Deputy while conducting a traffic stop on Bisbee Street in Klamath Falls was shot in the face and side. The deputy has been transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center and at this time is stable.

The Klamath County Major Crime has been activated and the investigation is on going.

The suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. The public is warned not to approach the vehicle and to please call 911.

The vehicle containing the suspect is believed to be driving a black 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon license plate ZFQ 270.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

No other information for release at this time. Updates will be provided when approved for release.

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Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 101 McCullough Bridge in North Bend (Photo) - 08/27/14
Three people were injured Tuesday afternoon during a multi-vehicle traffic crash that closed the Highway 101 McCullough Bridge in North Bend for over two hours.

On August 26, 2014 at approximately 1:51 p.m., two passenger vehicles, a utility truck, and a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer were stopped in a line of northbound traffic at a stop signal on the north end of McCullough Bridge. A 2006 Kenworth truck pulling a loaded log trailer operated by RICHARD C. WILSON, age 57, from Bandon, approached from behind and failed stop in time, crashing into the rear of the semi-trailer leading to a chain-reaction crash.

WILSON was trapped inside as the logs shifted forwarded into the back of the truck. He was extricated by North Bay Rural Fire Protection District personnel and transported by Bay Cities Ambulance to Bay Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A driver of one of the passenger vehicles received minor injury but declined medical transport. The driver of the other passenger vehicle was transported to Bay Area Hospital with minor injuries.

All vehicle occupants were using safety restraints.

The logs were transferred to another log truck before both commercial trucks and trailers were towed from the scene.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Fred Dunlap is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, North Bend Police Department, and ODOT. Travel lanes in both directions were closed over 2 hours. Southbound traffic was re-routed.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Clackamas Man Arrested Following Injury Hit & Run Collision With Bicyclist - SE 82nd Avenue near King Road (Photo) - 08/26/14
A 49-year old Clackamas man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) following a minor injury hit & run crash involving a bicyclist on SE 82nd Avenue just south of King Road.

On August 26, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., ROBERT B. HYER, age 30, was riding a bicycle in the bike lane southbound along SE 82nd Avenue. As the bicyclist began riding in front of the entry to a gas station on the west side of SE 82nd Avenue, a Ford pickup driven by LEODAN JUAREZ BELTON, age 49, from Clackamas, turned into the gas station and struck the bicyclist, knocking him to the ground.

JUAREZ BELTON checked on the injured bicyclist, went into the gas station store and purchased ice, and then fled the scene in the pickup upon hearing sirens of emergency responders coming to the scene. A Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter provided the suspect's vehicle license plate information to a responding OSP trooper.

The injured bicyclist was transported by ambulance to Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

OSP and CCSO responded to the registered owner's home in the area of SE 157th and SE Sunnyside Road. Officers confirmed who was driving the vehicle but it wasn't at the house. Officers started driving in the area looking for the pickup when an OSP sergeant found it abandoned in a parking lot at SE 147th Avenue and SE Sunnyside Road.

A approximately 4:15 p.m., a CCSO deputy spotted the suspect walking to his home and detained him. An OSP trooper investigating the incident subsequently arrested JUAREZ BELTON for Felony Hit & Run. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 82 near Enterprise in Wallowa County (Photo) - 08/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 82 south of Enterprise that resulted in the death of an adult female from Enterprise.

According to Sergeant Kyle Hove, on August 26, 2014, between the hours of 12 midnight and 3:27 a.m., a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by KAREN MARIE ROOT, age 50, from Enterprise, was northbound on Highway 82 near milepost 68 when, for unknown reasons, it traveled off the roadway in a section where it is curved with narrow shoulders and rolled before coming to rest. ROOT was ejected and found near where the vehicle came to rest.

OSP troopers from Enterprise and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. ROOT was not wearing safety restraints.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff Office's, ODOT, Enterprise Fire Department, and Wallowa County Ambulance. Traffic was detoured around the scene onto a nearby secondary road during the duration of the investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update #2: Suspect Arrested in Attack, Stabbing of Commercial Truck Driver - Interstate 84 west of Ontario (Photo) - 08/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Malheur County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into the stabbing of a commercial truck driver Monday afternoon along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Ontario. The suspect is in custody and was positively identified Tuesday morning. The truck driver, who was stabbed multiple times, is being treated at a Boise-area hospital.

On August 25, 2014 at approximately 12:09 p.m. (PST), OSP received a report of a stabbing along Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 358. A commercial truck pulling two tanker trailers containing milk driven by CHARLES D. VANZANTE, age 63, from Jerome, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when, unprovoked, a Buick Lacrosse displaying Washington license plates driven by an adult male began ramming the truck's diesel tanks.

VANZANTE pulled the truck and trailers to the side of the road and stopped. The Buick's driver stopped the car against the side of the truck, got out and entered the truck where he stabbed VANZANTE multiple times.

The suspect fled up a hill south of the scene and then returned back to the truck where he briefly engaged in a second struggle with VANZANTE. He then was surrounded by several citizens outside the truck and convinced to stay as OSP troopers began arriving at the scene and took the suspect into custody at gunpoint.

An OSP lieutenant and trooper initiated emergency medical care on VANZANTE until relieved by medical responders. VANZANTE was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. His injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. He was stabbed multiple times in the chest and stomach area. The knife was recovered.

The suspect was lodged in the Malheur County Jail. Fingerprints positively identified him as DUSTIN LEROY ROTTER, age 28, with a last known address in Modesto, California. ROTTER was lodged on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Additional charges may be pending. The vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Pasco, Washington, in a reported carjacking on August 24.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Treasure Valley paramedics and Huntington ambulance.

Questions regarding an arraignment should be directed to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office.

Photographs:
Scene photo - Oregon State Police
Rotter photo - Malheur County Sheriff's Office

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3 Juveniles Seriously Injured in Single Vehicle Crash - Highway 26 southeast of Madras in Jefferson County (Photo) - 08/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Monday morning single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 26 about eight miles southeast of Madras. The crash resulted in serious injuries to three juveniles and the death of a dog.

On August 25, 2014 at approximately 3:29 a.m., a 2001 Toyota Camry driven by ROSEBUD WHIPPLE, age 16, from Warm Springs, was traveling westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 8 when it left the roadway and rolled several times. The vehicle came to rest off the highway on its top.

The driver and both passengers were seriously injured. The driver and passenger ANNALISE WHIPPLE, age 13, from Warm Springs, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Madras before both being transferred to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

A second passenger, RHIENNA WOLFE, age 16, from Warm Springs, was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

A dog was found deceased inside the vehicle.

OSP collision reconstructionists, with the assistance of a Bend Police Department reconstructionist, are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Safety restraint use is not confirmed at this time.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Madras offices were assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County Fire District #1, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Five Facing Charges Following Unlawful Killing of Mule Deer Southwest of Pendleton (Photo) - 08/25/14
Five people are facing wildlife-related charges following an investigation that led to the discovery of the head of a freshly killed mule deer in a vehicle about 9 miles southwest of Pendleton near the Umatilla River.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:07 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper came across Jeep Cherokee with the driver's door ajar parked at the intersection of Speare Canyon Road and Mud Springs Road. The trooper noted an empty gun case and ammunition inside the vehicle. About 2.5 hours later, another Jeep Cherokee arrived at the intersection with five occupants inside. The trooper observed the occupants were in possession of the head of a freshly killed mature buck mule deer.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to seize the deer head and a rifle, and cite the following 5 individuals:

VANCE TYLER WRIGHT, age 23, from Canyon City (identified as shooter)
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Game Mammal Closed Season
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer
* Waste of Game Mammal

KENNAN CARL ADEN WRIGHT, age 21, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

BRANDON MICHAEL McCONNELL, age 20, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

FOREST HUNTER JOHNSON, age 19, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

WHITNEY ANN ANDERSON, age 19, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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OSP Trooper's Badge Stolen During Burglary in Government Camp (Photo) - 08/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect and recover a stolen police badge and ASP expandable baton taken from a trooper's apartment in Government Camp.

August 17 - 20, an unknown person entered an apartment at the Government Camp ODOT compound located along Highway 26 near Timberline Road. The burglary suspect stole a silver OSP badge (#631) and an ASP expandable baton, black in color.

At OSP's request, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office took a burglary report.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect and/or stolen police property is asked to contact Oregon State Police at (503) 731-3030 or Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

A photograph of an OSP badge provided with this release.

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Grants Pass Man Arrested Following Disturbance at Hemp Expo south of Grants Pass (Photo) - 08/25/14
A 27-year old Grants Pass man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers early Sunday morning following a disturbance at the Jefferson State Hemp Expo in Josephine County. The man, who was naked and combative, was sedated by medical personnel before transport to a Grants Pass hospital for a medical examination prior to being lodged in jail.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 12:30 a.m., OSP troopers received a report of an aggressive naked male damaging vehicles and starting fights at a hemp expo located at 14390 Highway 238. When two OSP troopers responded to the scene at 12:40 a.m. they were led to a parking lot in a grass field where four men were restraining a naked, agitated male on the ground. A witness pointed out a vehicle in the parking lot where the suspect, later identified as TIMOTHY A. SEAUX, age 27, heavily damaged the vehicle while two frightened women sat inside.

After taking SEAUX into custody, he became combative and kneed and kicked one of the troopers several times. Following a struggle, the troopers got SEAUX into the back of the patrol car where he continued to kick violently.

Medical personnel had been called to the scene and they concluded that SEAUX should be sedated so he could be transported by AMR ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. Two troopers followed the ambulance to the hospital where they positively identified him while he was being treated by hospital staff.

Later in the morning when the hospital was ready to release him, OSP took him into custody and lodged SEAUX in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

* Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
* Menacing
* Assaulting a Public Safety Officer
* Resisting Arrest

Photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Two Motorcyclists Seriously Injured Following Reported Crashes With Wildlife on Highways - 08/25/14
Two serious injury motorcycle crashes this weekend reportedly involving wildlife on the highway are reminders for all vehicle operators to be on alert while traveling.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 12:24 p.m., a motorcycle operated by TIMOTHY DOBSON, age 53, from Prineville, was southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 226 when a deer entered onto the road. DOBSON tried to swerve and avoid the deer but struck it on the centerline of the highway. The motorcycle fell on its side and slid off the highway where it overturned at least once. DOBSON was seriously injured and transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

Later that same date at approximately 8:22 p.m., an OSP trooper was dispatched to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg regarding a seriously injured motorcyclist being treated at the hospital. The motorcyclist, MICAH B. RUSSELL, age 28, from Medford, said he was traveling along Highway 42 when he struck a fawn deer and crashed. Subsequent investigation confirmed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash and RUSSELL was cited and released at the hospital for DUII-Alcohol and Driving While Suspended.

This reminder comes as we approach November, a month which both nationally and locally has the highest number of reported wildlife-related collisions. OSP, ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife urge operators to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce animal/vehicle incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity and increasing the potential for deer to cross roads.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
&Two serious injury motorcycle crashes this weekend reportedly involving wildlife on the highway are reminders for all vehicle operators to be on alert while traveling.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Deer Creek Road east of Selma in Josephine County - 08/25/14
Update: Initial investigation indicates the victim, LEX ALAN JOHNSON, was the driver of the vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash near Selma that resulted in the death of a 26-year old Cave Junction man.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a 1999 Ford F250 four-door pickup with five occupants was traveling westbound in the 6000 block of Deer Creek Road. As the pickup negotiated a sharp left curve, its driver lost control and traveled off the highway where it rolled coming to rest on its top.

One of the occupants, LEX ALAN JOHNSON, age 26, from Cave Junction, was found underneath the pickup and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints. The vehicle is registered to his family and the lead investigator says information to this point has identified him as the driver.

Another person, LUCAS HARRIS, age 21, was riding in the pickup's bed and ejected. He was picked up by a private party and taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. Three other occupants in the pickup were reportedly not injured. Their names are not available for this release.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Cory Sweet is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District.

No photographs available for release.

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End Summer the Right Way: Drive Safely to Save Lives this Labor Day Holiday Weekend (Photo) - 08/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and law enforcement agencies in Oregon are continuing a nationwide effort to prevent traffic crashes by targeting impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. The nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign aims to keep those driving, riding or walking on or along our roadways safe.

Again this Labor Day holiday weekend - the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon - OSP will put all available sworn personnel assigned to field operations on the road Friday, August 29, to supplement local highway safety efforts. OSP Field Operations Major Travis Hampton said troopers will target crash-causing violations, many of which have a nexus to fatal and serious injury collisions.

Last year during the 2013 Labor Holiday 78-hour reporting period, two people died in traffic crashes on Oregon roads and OSP troopers made 54 DUII arrests. This year's reporting period starts 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, and concludes Monday, 11:59 p.m., September 1.

To put it in perspective, Hampton pointed out that throughout the year, someone is killed on a road in the United States in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.

"Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one death nationally every 34 minutes," said Hampton. "We hope the message to drive safe, alert, rested, and sober, backed by increased enforcement efforts, will be remembered and all drivers will drive safely to save lives."

Since August 15, Oregon troopers, deputies and city police officers have been targeting aggressive, dangerous, distracted, impaired and other drivers affecting safety on our roads. This "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign concludes at the end of the holiday period.

In addition to the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, participating Oregon law enforcement agencies will be in the midst of another "Click It or Ticket" campaign (August 25 - September 7) to keep people buckled up and children in the right size and type child safety seat. OSP and other law enforcement agencies use overtime grant funds to increase enforcement efforts targeting impaired drivers and unbuckled adults and children, and to get drivers to obey speed laws on Interstate and secondary state highways.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll during nighttime and among young drivers, and age group that is often most at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among 18- to 34-year old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (45%) were alcohol-impaired. More than three-fourths of all drunken driving-related fatal crashes during the holiday weekend happened between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. each day.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at (503) 643-5620 in Portland or (877) 793-2608.

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Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 84 westbound west of Hood River (Photo) - 08/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's fatal bicycle-involved crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year old Mosier resident along westbound Interstate 84 at the Viento State Park interchange west of Hood River. The names of the victim and driver are released in this update. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Hood River County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of enforcement action.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:20 a.m., ELLEN DITTEBRANDT, age 52, from Mosier, was riding a bicycle westbound along Interstate 84 approaching the off ramp near milepost 56 to Viento State Park. A 2014 Ford pickup driven by JOHN C. ALLMAN, age 55, from NW Portland, was also westbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle from behind, ejecting DITTEBRANDT to where she came to rest in the left westbound lane. The pickup came to rest in the westbound traffic lanes.

DITTEBRANDT, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was a Mosier firefighter/EMT and a local artist, and in 2010 selected as Mosier's firefighter of the year.

ALLMAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Mike Holloran is the lead investigator. Driver fatigue has been identified as a contributing factor. Daylight conditions existed at the time of the crash and traffic was light.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed about 90 minutes before one lane was open while investigators continued working at the scene.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates each year drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, with 55% of these crashes involving drivers 25 years old and younger. Drowsiness causes: slow reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, decline in attention, decreased alertness, increased moodiness and aggressive behavior, problems with processing information and short term memory.

OSP & ODOT urges drivers to remain alert for all highway users, including vulnerable users such as bicyclists and pedestrians, and to watch for early warning signs of fatigue. ODOT has posted on their website safety information related to drowsy driving including signs of fatigue and tips of what to do if you are getting drowsy while driving at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/news/Drowsy_Driving.aspx

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Highway 35 crash injures three people - Photos (Photo) - 08/22/14
According to Lieutenant Patrick Shortt, on August 21, 2014 three people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred approximately 8 miles south of Hood River at the intersection of Highway 35 and Booth Hill Road. According to Lieutenant Shortt, a black 1989 Chevrolet pick-up driven by WESLEY BAKER, age 36, from Parkdale, Oregon was southbound on Highway 35. A red Toyota Corolla with three occupants operated by SHARYE STRUIKSMA, age 33, of Lynden, Washington had been traveling eastbound on Booth Hill Road. As the black Chevrolet pick-up reached the intersection of Booth Hill Road, the red Toyota Corolla entered the highway in front of the pick-up. The two vehicles collided. The collision forced the red Toyota Corolla off of roadway with it coming to rest on the east side of Highway 35. The black Chevrolet pick-up came to a rest in the southbound lane of Highway 35.

STRUIKSMA, was transported to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland via Life Flight for treatment of critical injuries. JUDITH STRUIKSMA, age 63, from Lynden, Washington who had been seated in the right front passenger seat of the red Toyota Corolla, was transported to Providence Hospital in Hood River for treatment of serious injuries. LUKE STRUIKSMA, age 10, from Lynden, Washington was also transported to Providence Hospital in Hood River for treatment of minor injuries. The operator of the black Chevrolet pick-up, WESLEY BAKER, was not transported for treatment. All occupants of the red Toyota Corolla, as well as WESLEY BAKER, were wearing safety restraints.

Highway 35 was partially blocked for approximately 2 ?1/2 hours while emergency crews investigated the crash and cleared the scene. Troopers from The Dalles Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. Recruit Jason Walters is the lead investigator.
The Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Westside Fire Department, WyEast Fire Department, Hood River Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene of the crash.


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Man Reported Missing in April Found Safe in Portland Area - 08/21/14
A 51-year old man reported missing April 21, 2014, to Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives was found Thursday with the help of Portland Police Bureau at a homeless shelter in Portland. The man was in good health and his family is aware of his whereabouts.

RANDEL JON BROWN, age 51, was reported missing by his mother to OSP Klamath Falls detectives. He was reportedly missing since early March and was last seen at the Gateway Transit Center in Portland. OSP issued news releases in an attempt to help develop tips to find him.

Detectives from OSP and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) developed information that BROWN was recently spotted in the Portland area. On August 21, 2014, a PPB officer found him at a Portland-area homeless shelter.

OSP thanks PPB for their assistance in this case.

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Grants Pass Man Arrested on Charges Related to Unlawful Sexual Contact With Juvenile Female (Photo) - 08/21/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 29-year old Grants Pass man Thursday following an investigation into unlawful sexual contact with a female juvenile.

On August 21, 2014, OSP detectives and a trooper arrested NATHANIEL SCOTT THATCHER, age 29, at his residence in the 700 block of Plumtree Lane in Grants Pass. THATCHER was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

* Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (3 counts)
* Sodomy in the Second Degree
* Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree (3 counts)

The investigation began August 12, 2014, after OSP was provided information of THATCHER's alleged sexual contact with the 12-year old victim.

No other information for release at this time.

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OSP Central Point Fish & Wildlife Trooper Receives Shikar-Safari Club International Award (Photo) - 08/20/14
Conservation-based organization, Shikar-Safari Club International, honored a Central Point-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper today as the State's top wildlife enforcement officer for 2013. The award was presented in Salem with the OSP's leadership staff in attendance.

On August 20, 2014, Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker presented Senior Trooper James Collom with the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the Year" award, placing him in a distinguished group of officers who have earned recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection of natural resources. The award has been given annually for more than 25 years to honor outstanding wildlife enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.

In presenting the award, Lynn Loacker noted that wildlife enforcement officers rarely receive the recognition and encouragement they so greatly deserve for protecting our wildlife and natural resources.

"We congratulate Senior Trooper Collom on being our selection for the Shikar Safari Club International's 'Wildlife Officer of the Year' award. This award puts him in a very distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty," said Loacker.

Senior Trooper Collom has been involved with enforcing fish and wildlife laws for about 22 years including fourteen years with OSP following nine years as a game warden in Idaho. Passionate about his job, Collom is known to be a top performer on his Fish & Wildlife team including the number of field contacts, investigations, and enforcement activities. He has a high number of field contacts, written the majority of search warrants for his team, and assists Patrol Division troopers in handling crashes and other calls for rural law enforcement services.

As the Department's statewide coordinator for the "Turn-in-Poachers" (TIP) program, Collom administers rewards given by the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) to tipsters for information on fish and wildlife cases. He also writes articles for the OHA magazine, works closely with local ODFW biologists, is a speaker at hunter education classes, and helps organize OSP's booth each year at the Sportsmen's Show.

Some recent cases worked by Collom include:

* The investigation of an Eagle Point-area deer poaching ring that led to the service of seven search warrants and the charging of eight suspects for crimes including 23 felony counts.
* The investigation of the poaching of a trophy class buck that was shot and left to waste in a field in the Eagle Point area. A difficult case to solve with little evidence, Collom had a news release issued and solicited funding for a $3,000 reward. The investigation also identified the unlawfully shooting of three large bucks and led to charges for a husband and his wife.

In May, Senior Trooper Jim Collom also received the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division's 2013 "Trooper of the Year" award.

Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Left to right: Lynn Loacker and Senior Trooper Collom)

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

The primary responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of Oregon's natural resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Fish and Wildlife Division officers are fully trained State Troopers who also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock, and environmental protection laws and respond to emergency incidents.

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 99N north of Belt Line Road near Eugene (Photo) - 08/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday night's three vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on Highway 99N north of Belt Line Road in Lane County. Six people were injured, four seriously.

According to Lieutenant Rob Edwards, on August 19, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a 1999 Ford F-450 utility truck driven by ISIAH BROWN JR, age 57, from Eugene, was traveling northbound in the right hand lane at approximately 40 mph when it was struck from behind by a 2003 Lexus four-door driven by RONNIE D. HARRISON, age 72, from Eugene. After impact, the Ford truck came to rest facing east blocking about half of the right hand lane. The Lexus came to rest in both northbound lanes.

A short time after the first crash, a northbound 1992 Yamaha motorcycle operated by JOHNNY J. HARNESS, age 33, from Junction City, traveled upon the scene and clipped the Ford truck's bumper and then struck the Lexus. HARNESS was ejected and came to rest on the highway after hitting a vehicle that stopped on the shoulder to assist north of the crash scene.

HARNESS was seriously injured and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. He was wearing a helmet.

HARRISON received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to McKenzie Willamette Hospital. His vehicle had three passengers transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Left rear passenger/wife SHARON HARRISON, age 68, was seriously injured. Right rear passenger LINDA WEIR, age 69, from Eugene, was seriously injured. Right front passenger/son KEVIN HARRISON was seriously injured.

BROWN received minor injuries and was transported to McKenzie Willamette Hospital.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Cecil Arient is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane Rural Fire, Eugene Police Department, and ODOT.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Lincoln County District Attorney Honored as "2013 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year" (Photo) - 08/19/14
The Lincoln County District Attorney was selected recently to receive the seventh presentation of an award to a prosecutor in Oregon for their support, hard work, dedication, and efforts in enforcing fish and wildlife laws and commitment to the preservation of Oregon's natural resources.

On August 14, 2014, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam was presented with the "2013 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award" in front of her peers at the Oregon District Attorneys Association summer conference held last week in Bend. The award sponsored by the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, was presented by Captain Jeff Samuels, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division Director, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Watershed Manager Chip Dale, and Ty Stubblefield, Field Administrator for the Oregon Hunters Association.

Michelle Branam has served for almost ten years as a Deputy and Chief Deputy for the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office before being appointed District Attorney by Governor John Kitzhaber earlier this year.

Through her hard work and partnership with area law enforcement, she has garnered a great deal of respect for her commitment to consistently prosecuting fish and wildlife crimes. The South Coast Team of the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division has a great working relationship with DA Branam who shows support for the protection of natural resources. On her own time, Branam even attended Marine Board training to better understand recreational boating enforcement and completed both drift boat and jet boat operation training.

As Lincoln County Chief Deputy, Branam was responsible for prosecuting the bulk of serious criminal cases in the county. She was also instrumental in prosecuting several environmental cases where actions resulted in local habitat restoration projects, including a high profile water pollution case involving a local sand and gravel company which received a misdemeanor conviction of Water Pollution in the Second Degree and a $10,000 fine.

"It was a pleasure to present DA Michelle Branam with the wildlife prosecutor of the year award for her dedication and commitment to the criminal justice system and wildlife prosecution. I appreciate her willingness to work closely with local fish and wildlife troopers and to prosecute those responsible for wildlife offenses and environmental degradation," said Captain Jeff Samuels.

Recent wildlife cases successfully prosecuted by DA Branam include:

Hunting on the Enclosed or Cultivated Land of Another/Unlawful Possession of Big Game

Disposition:
* 10 days in jail
* Three year hunting license suspension and two years' probation
* $1,400 fines
* $400 restitution to taxidermist
* $15,000 restitution to ODFW for 7x7 bull elk
* Forfeit elk mount, meat and archery equipment

Unlawful Take of Osprey

Disposition:
* Three years hunting license suspension
* $5,000 restitution to ODFW for Osprey

Waste of Cow Elk

Disposition:
* Remington 7mm forfeited to state
* Three year hunting license suspension
* $810 in fines
* $500 restitution to Oregon Hunter's Association for TIP reward
* $1,500 restitution to ODFW for elk

Unlawful Take of Black Bear

Disposition:
* Three years' probation
* Forfeit bear and Remington 270 rifle
* $1,633 in fines
* $1,000 restitution to ODFW for the bear

Photograph - Oregon State Police
(Left to right: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Manager Chip Dale, Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam, and Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Director Captain Jeff Samuels)

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Driver Arrested After Injury Hit & Run Crash - Highway 219 south of Newberg (Photo) - 08/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 35-year old man following an injury hit & run traffic crash Tuesday morning on Highway 219 south of Newberg. The suspect driver was found in his crashed vehicle after continuing from the scene before stopped east of Highway 219 on Champoeg Road NE.

On August 19, 2014 at 5:52 a.m., a 1997 Honda Accord driven by FRED SAUERMANN, age 40, from Independence, was traveling southbound on Highway 219 near milepost 24 when a northbound 2013 Toyota van crossed the centerline and struck the Honda's left side. The van continued northbound without stopping at the scene.

An OSP trooper arrived on scene at approximately 6:08 a.m., contacting the Honda's driver who was injured as Newberg-area fire and medical personnel also arrived. The trooper checked the area north of the crash scene and found the suspect vehicle 8 minutes later about a half mile away where it stopped east of Highway 219 on Champoeg Road NE.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to arrest the van's driver, RAMON OROS BARRERA, age 35, from Cornelius. OROS BARRERA was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Hit & Run - Injury
* Reckless Driving
* Assault in the Fourth Degree
* Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended

OROS BARRERA was also cited for Failure to Install Ignition Interlock Device.

SAUERMANN was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released.

Senior Trooper Bridget Taylor is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Driver Arrested After Attempt to Elude, Single Vehicle Injury Crash in SE Salem (Photo) - 08/19/14
A 33-year old Salem man was arrested after release from a Salem hospital following Tuesday night's attempt to elude and injury crash in SE Salem.

On August 18, 2014 at approximately 11:17 p.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Cadillac CTS passenger car for traveling 82 mph in a 60 mph speed zone on Interstate 5. The vehicle exited off the freeway onto Mission Street and attempted to elude the trooper recklessly northbound on Lancaster Drive SE. After turning east onto Rickey Street SE, the trooper terminated his pursuit of the vehicle near Macleay Road SE and Connecticut Street SE.

Approximately ten seconds after losing sight of the vehicle, the trooper overheard Marion County deputies report a traffic crash in the vicinity of Macleay Road SE and Jenah Street SE where deputies were parked on an unrelated call. The trooper arrived on scene and observed the Cadillac on its top in the ditch on the south side of Macleay Road SE with a male and female injured inside. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle after seeing the parked patrol cars. After hitting the car's brakes, the Cadillac entered a deep ditch and rolled onto its top.

Salem Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and extricated the driver, BRIAN JAKE WILSON, age 33, and passenger PERLA VANESSA GOMEZ LAZO, age 30, from Salem. Both occupants were transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries.

After treatment at the hospital, WILSON was arrested by OSP troopers on charges related to the attempt to elude and crash, as well as two outstanding warrants for Parole Violation and Unauthorized Departure. WILSON was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the two warrants and the following local charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Assault in the Fourth Degree
* Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended

Marion County Sheriff's Office conducted the crash investigation and Salem Police Department assisted at the scene. No other vehicles were struck by the Cadillac during the incident and crash. The female passenger was not arrested.

Photographs:
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