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Fatal Crash Highway 221 in Polk County - 02/10/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this afternoons investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 221 in Polk County. Names of those involved will be provided in an updated release once next of kin notifications are made.

On February 10, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 221 near milepost 14 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Sport Utility Vehicle, operated by an adult female, was southbound when it left the roadway and collided into a telephone pole on the southbound shoulder. The right front passenger in the Sport Utility Vehicle, also an adult female, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female operator was transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers are looking into the possibility that the operator of the Sport Utility Vehicle swerved in an attempt to miss a vehicle that was in its lane. Troopers and other Law Enforcement searched the area for the other involved vehicle without success.

OSP troopers from both the Salem and McMinnville Area Commands are continuing the investigation. OSP encourages any witnesses to the crash contact Recruit Trooper Jason Robb of the Salem Area Command at 503-378-3387. Seatbelt usage is undetermined. The highway was closed for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation. Detours were set up by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Portland General Electric and Polk County Fire.

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Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.**UPDATE (Photo) - 02/09/16
Update 2/9/2016

Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified by family that the passenger in the Cadillac, Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond, has passed away from her injuries sustained in the February 1, 2016 crash. Darlene McGown passed away on February 5, 2016 and had been receiving treatment at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise since the crash.

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***Previous Release***

Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.
On February 1, 2016 at 12:31 PM OSP troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on US Hwy 20 near Burns. Both drivers died as a result of their injuries.

Witness information reported a red 2015 Chevrolet pick-up, driven by Mr. Robert L. Heath, age 65, from Christmas Valley, Oregon, was traveling eastbound on US Hwy 20. Mr. Heath attempted to pass a commercial motor vehicle when it struck a westbound 2000 white Cadillac driven by Mr. Milton J. Kowalski Jr., age 71, from Redmond. The vehicles collided head-on and came to rest blocking highway 20.

Mr. Kowalski Jr. was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger of the Cadillac, Ms. Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond and Mr. Heath were air-lifted to St. Alphonsus in Boise with critical injures. Mr. Heath died at the hospital a few hours after the crash.

The highway was completely closed for two hours and partially for another two hours. OSP was assisted by Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.


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Fatal Crash Highway 350 in Wallowa County - 02/09/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evenings fatal crash on Highway 350 in Wallowa County.

On February 8, 2016 at approximately 5:33 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle injury crash on Highway 350 near milepost 21. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1999 Toyota Camry, operated by Kenneth Allen, age 80, from Imnaha, was eastbound on Highway 350 when for unknown reasons left the roadway and collided with a rock wall. Mr. Allen's vehicle continued and came to an uncontrolled rest in Sheep Creek.

Kenneth Allen and his passenger Carolyn Allen, age 76, from Imnaha, were both transported by Life Flight Network to Providence Saint Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Once at the medical center Kenneth Allen was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash. Carolyn Allen is being treated for serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Enterprise Work Site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Fire Department and Enterprise Ambulance.

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Highway 20 Crash Takes Life of Ogden Utah Man - Deschutes County (Photo) - 02/08/16
On February 8, 2016 at about 7:52 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle roll-over crash on Highway 20 at milepost 55 (near Brothers).

Preliminary information reveals a 2001 Ford Windstar van was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when the vehicle veered off the roadway and rolled over. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they discovered the driver, Mr. Anthony Mychael VANOUDHEUSDEN, age 27, of Ogden Utah, who was ejected from the vehicle and later died from his injuries. Passenger, Ms. Destinni Aleah MARTINEZ, age 24, of Ogden Utah and child passengers (ages - 10 months, 3 year old and 6 year old) were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where they were treated for their injuries.

Evidence on scene indicates VANOUDHEUSDEN was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire, FBI, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 20 was closed for one hour to allow the investigation to occur. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
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OSP Continuing Death Investigation at Baker Beach near Heceta Head - Lane County - 02/06/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and Lane County Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation into a deceased male found at Baker Beach, seven miles north of Florence.

According to Sergeant Michael Berland, on February 6, 2016 at 1:56 p.m., a body was reported washed ashore at the Baker Beach. Lane County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to scene.

The Lane County Medical Examiner's office was notified and assisted the Oregon State Police in the recovery of the body along with the Lane County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing into an attempt to identify the deceased male found on the beach and also to determine cause and manner of death.

Please contact the Oregon State Police Springfield Office at (541) 726-2536 with any information on this investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
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Officer involved shooting in Seaside *** Update 4*** (Photo) - 02/06/16
***Update 4***
The Oregon State Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team has located the fourth person present during the officer involved shooting.

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***Update 3*** Photo Included

On February 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM Seaside Sergeant Jason M. Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Phillip Ferry, age 55, from Seaside. FERRY was walking down Broadway and was known by the officers to have a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Goodding and the other officer attempted to place FERRY under arrest for the felony assault warrant. FERRY resisted arrest and the other officer deployed less lethal force (taser). FERRY fired a shot and struck Sergeant Goodding. The other Seaside police officer returned fire and shot FERRY.

Both Sergeant Goodding and FERRY were transported to local hospitals. Sergeant Goodding and FERRY died at the hospitals due to their injuries.

Sergeant Goodding was 39 years of age and lived in the Seaside Community. He is survived by his wife and school aged children. Sergeant Goodding graduated from Sherwood High-School and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. Sergeant Goodding was hired with Seaside Police Department in April of 2003. During his tenure he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and a patrol sergeant. Sergeant Gooding also dedicated time to his community by coaching several different sports teams within the Seaside area.

Senate Bill (SB) 111 establishes protocols when an agency is involved in an officer involved shooting investigation. SB 111 mandates a separate agency lead the investigation. The Oregon State Police has been asked to conduct the investigation with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team. The Major Crime Team is comprised of officers from Seaside Police Department, Astoria Police Department, and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach, Warrenton Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.

There will be no additional information regarding the officer involved shooting until the investigation is completed.

The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation will assist with the funeral of Sgt. Goodding the date and time will be posted to flashalert as soon as possible.

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***Update 2****
Press conference scheduled for 10:00 AM on February 6, 2016 at the Seaside City Hall at 989 Broadway, Seaside.
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*** Update***
The officer involved shooting was a result of a contact with the suspect and officers on Broadway. OSP is requesting any witnesses to call 1(800)452-7888. At this time Broadway is closed due to the investigation.
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On February 5, 2016 at approximately 9:20 pm a Seaside police officer was shot and transported to a local Clatsop County hospital. A Suspect was also shot and transported to a local hospital.

The Oregon State Police, Clatsop County District Attorney's office and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team are conducting the investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will not confirm the condition of the police officer or the suspect at this time.

We are aware of social media and news reports regarding the event. We ask for respect and consideration for the families and for Seaside Police Department.

The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office anticipates holding a press conference, in Seaside, on the morning of February 6th. The press conference time and location will sent out through Flash Alert.

Law enforcement does not believe there is any threat to citizens in the Seaside area.

All media inquiries should be directed to osppio@state.or.us

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Update: (Photos Added) Multi-agency investigation results in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County (Photo) - 02/06/16
The following is being released on behalf of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team:

A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County late Thursday. Seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, US currency, marijuana, heroin, firearms, a significant explosive device and other items of evidentiary value. ROYAL KRUESI, age 41, from Murphy, was arrested on a federal warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and state warrants for ID Theft and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

On February 4, 2016, KRUESI was arrested on Highway 238 in Josephine County after a short elude on a motorcycle and foot pursuit by the Oregon State Police. KRUESI had a large amount of US currency on his person along with a methamphetamine pipe. A search of his Harley Davidson motorcycle revealed approximately 1 ?1/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $30,000 dollars in US currency, three handguns (two which were loaded), scales, packaging material and other evidence.

Law enforcement officers subsequently returned to KRUESI'S residence in the 12000 block of Water Gap Road near Murphy with a search warrant, which Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) SWAT executed. Seized from the search warrant and a consent search of an adjacent residence were two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one ounce of tar heroin, three firearms (including an semi-auto AK 47 rifle), 10 pounds of marijuana, packaging material, scales, a money counter, approximately ten thousand rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest and other items of evidence.

Various items were discovered on the property stemming from a 2013 Jackson County Burglary report. The items recovered included a Honda Quad, plasma cutter, motorcycle riding gear and sand paddle tires.

Investigators also located a sophisticated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the search of KRUESI'S residence.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section Sergeant Jim Johnson, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team partnered with many law enforcement agencies to assist with this investigation after receiving repeated information regarding KRUESI illegally distributing narcotics. Participating agencies included members from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety SWAT, Oregon State Police (OSP), United States Marshal Service (USMS) and Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from Boise, Portland and Eugene. "Collaboration between a multitude of state and federal law enforcement agencies, the tireless pursuit of those who assisted in this operation, and excellent investigative work to apprehend this sought after fugitive was paramount in the case's success," said Johnson. RADE initiated the investigation last year after determining KRUESI was rumored to be linked to violent encounters and may have used intimidation to propel his methamphetamine distribution organization in Josephine County.

Additional crimes against KRUESI will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office and to the United States Attorney's Office for review. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Special thanks to Josephine County Sheriff Daniels for his support, the Josephine County District Attorney's office and the Assistant United States Assistant Attorney's office in Medford for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.

The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.

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Fatal Crash Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls reveals medical emergency as possible cause - 02/03/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this afternoons single vehicle fatal crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls.

On February 3, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 near milepost 247. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1987 Peterbilt Tractor and semi-trailer, operated by KENNETH WAGNON, age 65, from Oakridge, was northbound on Highway 97 when he drove off of the roadway onto the northbound shoulder causing the truck to roll onto its side. WAGNON was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. An OSP trooper that also serves as a Deputy State Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is looking into the possibility that WAGNON suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. Seat belt usage is undetermined. Highway 97 was closed for approximately one (1) hour. The commercial motor vehicle is owned by Ron Bowers, Inc., from Eugene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chiloquin-Agency Lake Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Josephine County Woman Arrested for Multiple Crimes in Connection with a Stabbing (Photo) - 02/03/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday mornings stabbing in Josephine County.

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

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

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

No further information for release.

Photograph provided by Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Update-Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo) - 02/02/16
A video of the United State Coast Guard (USCG) rescuing the first responders from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is being provided by the Oregon State Police. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/uVw-Y8ItFRs. Please note that the date and time stamp on the video are not correct.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Josephine County Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation (Photo) - 02/02/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Josephine County Man for multiple crimes in connection with an on-going Sex Abuse investigation.

On January 26th, 2016, the OSP Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor female. The female was interviewed on January 29th, 2016 and disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse perpetrated by her then step-father, WILLIAM CARLOS SELLERS, age 37, from Grants Pass. On February 1st, 2016, SELLERS was interviewed in regards to the allegation. SELLERS was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

Sex Abuse I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available for release. OSP detectives are requesting anyone that may have information pertaining to SELLERS to contact Sergeant Annie Harris at the Central Point Area Command at 541-618-7967.

Photograph provided by Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

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Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo) - 02/02/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Florence Police request assistance in locating missing 85 year old male (Photo) UPDATE - 02/01/16
****UDPATE: Mr. Schug has been located*****

This release is being sent on behalf of Florence Police Department.

On February 1, 2016 at 125 AM Florence PD was called to investigate a missing person from the 1900 block of 21st Street. The center reported one of their patients, Mr. Donald E. Schug , age 85, from Florence had broken a screen and left the facility.

The area has been searched and Mr. Schug has not been located. Mr. Schug was last seen wearing blue short-sleeved flannel pajamas and brown shoes. It is reported Mr. Schug has mild dementia. Mr. Schug is described as being 5'6", 155bs,brown eyes and balding grey hair. His photo is attached to this release.

Florence PD is requesting anyone who sees anyone matching Mr. Schug's description or has any information regarding Mr. Schug's location please call them at (541) 997-3515.
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Oregon State Police Arrests a semi truck driver for DUII Hwy 97 - 02/01/16
On January 31st, 2016 at 7:43 PM the Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a hit and run crash on US Hwy 97 near milepost (MP) 172. The crash occurred at the scene of another crash where tow trucks were removing vehicles. A semi-tractor/trailer stuck one of the tow trucks and caused substantial damage. The driver of the tow truck sustained a leg injury.

The semi driver, Mr. Stewart A. Maze, age 40, from Boise, Idaho fled the scene. OSP troopers located the vehicle and Mr. Stewart approximately 8 miles from the crash. Based on the investigation Mr. Stewart was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for DUII, reckless Driving, Reckless endangering, Criminal Mischief, Assault IV, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

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Man dies while attempting to chain-up near North Powder (Photo) - 01/31/16
On January 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM a fatal crash occurred on I-84 Westbound near milepost (MP) 281 near North Powder.

The preliminary investigation indicated Mr. Igor S. Nikolaychuk, age 50, and from Vancouver, Washington was outside his semi-tractor/trailer in the process of chaining up near the left rear axle of the trailer. Ms. Mckenna Hamilton, age 21, from Star, Idaho was operating a 2007 Cadillac westbound when the vehicle began to slide sideways on the highway. The driver's side front bumper struck Mr. Nikolaychuk, pushed him underneath the trailer, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the crash, the roads were icy and it was foggy. The visibility had been reduced to ?1/4 of a mile due to the fog. Ms. Hamilton was wearing her safety belt and the driver's side air bag deployed. The highway was reduced to one lane but remained open for travel.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Union County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and North Powder Rural Fire.
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Ashland man dies while swimming in Pacific Ocean- Whaleshead Beach State Park in Curry County - 01/30/16
An Ashland man died while swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Whaleshead Beach State Park located on Oregon's south coast.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. ALEXANDER HOWELL, age 23, from Ashland, was swimming in the Pacific Ocean about 75 yards from shore with a friend, ALEX SMITH, age 22, from Medford. According to witnesses, HOWELL indicated that he needed to go back to shore. Heavy surf and a strong rip current prevented the swimmers from making an easy return to shore. HOWELL and SMITH got separated in the rough waters. SMITH managed to get back to shore where two (2) other friends were waiting but HOWELL was not able to get to shore and his friends were unable to initially find him. The group called 911 and commenced a search of the shoreline and found HOWELL unresponsive on the beach. The friends performed CPR until they were relieved by emergency responders.

An OSP Patrol Sergeant from the Gold Beach Worksite responded to the scene along with local fire/EMS, Curry County Search & Rescue, US Coast Guard and Curry County Sheriff Department. HOWELL was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach for advanced life support. He was declared deceased at the hospital.

OSP learned that HOWELL attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and is originally from Vista, California. HOWELL and SMITH were part of a group that traveled over from the Ashland area to visit the south coast.

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Fatal Crash Highway 95- Malheur County (Photo) - 01/30/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59 in Malheur County.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 7:43 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 36, from San Diego, California, was southbound and lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and continued off the roadway where in came to an uncontrolled rest on its top. During the crash the rear passenger, FRANCISCA HERRERA, age 69, from San Rafel, California, was ejected from the vehicle. FRANCISCA HERRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger was identified as JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 28, from Merced, California.

JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Hospital in Boise by Air Ambulance. JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. Investigators determined that JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA and JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA were wearing safety belts. It was determined the FRANCISCA HERRERA was not wearing a safety belt.

OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, local ems and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Fatal Crash near Warm Springs (Photo) - 01/30/16
On January 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM a two vehicle crash occurred on US HWY 26 near milepost (MP) 93. The crash resulted in a single fatality at the scene.

The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle #1 a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Juan Guerrero Gomez (age 42) from Gresham was westbound on US HWY 26. Vehicle #1 crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Pathfinder,Mr. Matthew Hiller (age 42) from Vancouver, Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no passengers in the Ford F-250 and three in the Nissan Pathfinder. The passengers of the Pathfinder were listed as: Mrs. Wendy Hiller (age 44) and two juveniles (age 12 and 1). Mr. Gomez, Mrs. Hiller and the one year old were transported to Madras hospital with minor injuries. The 12 year old was air transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. Seatbelts and child safety
restraints were utilized and airbags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by Warm Springs PD, Warm Springs Fire, and ODOT.
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Livestock killing in Umatilla County results in arrest of two men - 01/29/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives from the Hermiston Worksite arrested two men for multiple crimes in relation to livestock being illegally killed in Umatilla County.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the Hermiston Worksite responded to a report of livestock being illegally killed and butchered on Feedville Road, near South Edwards Road in Stanfield. The report indicated a cow belonging to a local landowner had been shot and butchered sometime the previous night. At the scene, troopers located the remains of an animal that had been partially butchered and left to waste.

After receiving tips from community members OSP troopers arrested ANTHONY HAIGH, age 21, from Stanfield, for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse, Interfering with Agricultural Operations and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. HAIGH was already in custody at the Umatilla County Jail on unrelated charges. TJ KESTLER, age 20, from Hermiston, was arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass While in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse and Interfering with Agricultural Operations. Another adult male, from Stanfield, was not taken into custody but charges of Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1 and Criminal Trespassing II will be referred to the district attorney's office.

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Oregon State Police policy on the use of deadly physical force - 01/28/16
The following is an excerpt from the Oregon State Police policy, rules, and procedure manual regarding the use of deadly physical force:

"...Notwithstanding ORS 161.239, A sworn employee may use deadly physical force only when the officer reasonably believes the use of such force is necessary to:

Defend the officer or another person from what the officer reasonably believes to be the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury..."
Fatal Crash Hwy 241 in Coos County - 01/28/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal crash on Hwy 241 in Coos County that was discovered this morning.

On January 28, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP troopers along with Coos County Sheriff's deputies and Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the Coos River off Highway 241 near milepost 4. Responders found that an outgoing tide had uncovered a 1996 Honda Civic upside down in the river approximately 20 feet from shore. The North Bend Fire Department Water Rescue team responded with a boat and searched the vehicle. No persons were in the vehicle.

A search of the river and shoreline was conducted by OSP and the Coos County Sheriff's Office. In addition to the North Bend Fire boat, additional patrol boats were deployed by the United States Coast Guard, the Coos County Sheriff's Office and the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. A Coast Guard helicopter also conducted an air search of the river and bay. The Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team responded to the scene of the crash and conducted an extensive underwater search of the immediate area.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. members of the Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team located the operator of the Honda Civic, EMILY SIGLOH, age 20, from Coos Bay, deceased in the Coos River near the vicinity of where the vehicle was discovered.

Evidence at the scene indicates SIGLOH'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 241 and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane and off the roadway where it came to rest on its top submerged in the river. Seatbelt usage is still being determined.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing the investigation. SIGLOH was reported to law enforcement on January 27th as an overdue motorist and various agencies were attempting to locate her. The highway was closed for a short time while the vehicle was recovered from the river.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bend Fire Department, Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team, United States Coast Guard, Coos County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Two Arrested on Oregon State University Campus for Drug Crimes - 01/28/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) recently completed a drug investigation on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus resulting in the arrest of two adult males.

On January 21, 2016, acting on information they received about illegal drug activity, OSP troopers assigned to the Oregon State University Area Command served a search warrant on Room 334 Poling Hall at 360 SW Weatherford Place, Corvallis, Oregon on the OSU Campus.

As a result of their search warrant, GOBIND SINGH OLLEK, age 18, and MCINTYRE MARCELO SANTA CRUZ, age 18, both of Corvallis were arrested for: Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana by a Person Under 21 years of age, Manufacture of Marijuana and Conspiracy. OLLEK and SANTA CRUZ were lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges. During the search warrant at least one half (1/2) of a pound of marijuana was seized. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $400.00.

OSP patrol troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Questions regarding OLLEK'S and SANTA CRUZ'S status at OSU should be directed to the University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808.

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Burns man cited for Wildlife Crimes (Photo) - 01/27/16
On January 21, 2016, at approximately 12:15 p.m. an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper received an anonymous game complaint originating in the Burns area regarding a person to be in possession of multiple trophy mule deer. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers contacted, JADEN SIMPSON, age 19, from Burns, and learned that he was in possession of four (4) trophy buck skulls.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers seized the four trophy buck skulls. SIMPSON was criminally cited for four (4) counts of Illegal Possession of Game Parts-Mule Deer Skulls and other wildlife charges will be forwarded to the Harney County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by OSP Patrol Division troopers with the investigation.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Two Arrested in Jefferson County after Methamphetamine Seizure - 01/27/16
On January 19, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife trooper contacted the occupants of a suspicious vehicle in a remote area near Culver just south of Madras. During the course of the contact the trooper learned that the female passenger, SUZANNE LAYCOCK, age 45, from Redmond, had a warrant for her arrest. During a search of her person incident to arrest LAYCOCK advised troopers that she was concealing a package in her clothing that the male operator, ERMINIO PENA, age 35, from Redmond, asked her to hide upon their contact with law enforcement. LAYCOCK retrieved the package and gave it to the troopers. Troopers located approximately 1.1 lbs. of suspected methamphetamine in the package.

Troopers arrested PENA and lodged him in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine. Troopers cite and released LAYCOCK for the warrant and for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Patrol Division and OSP Drug Enforcement Section. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $7,000.00.

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Underway In Harney County - 01/26/16
On January 26, 2016 at approximately 4:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers were involved in an officer involved shooting during the arrest of several individuals near Burns.

The Deschutes County Major Incident Team will be assisting the Oregon State Police and the Harney County District Attorney's Office with the investigation. The investigation will be conducted in compliance with Senate Bill 111 which outlines protocols to be followed when deadly physical force is used.

As released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one adult male suspect is deceased and one other adult male suspect received non-life threatening injuries. No law enforcement personnel were injured.

The incident occurred on Highway 395, about 20 miles north of Burns. Highway 395 is expected to be closed for an extended amount of time for the investigation to be conducted.

There will be no further information released until tomorrow. Please refer to an official release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Arrests Made in the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP - 01/26/16
At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

* Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
* Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
* Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
* Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
* Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

* Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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Fatal Crash Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road- Lane County (Photo) - 01/26/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road in Lane County.

On January 26th, 2016 at approximately 9:45 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two (2) vehicle crash on Highway 126E near milepost 11. The investigation indicates that a 2006 Suzuki XL7 suv, operated by PATRICIA BOOTH, age 77, from Springfield, attempted to turn westbound onto Highway 126E from Deerhorn Road. As BOOTH turned westbound she was struck on the driver's side by a 2004 Ford F250, operated by TIMOTHY ANTHONY, age 26, from Springfield.

BOOTH sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. Neither ANTHONY nor his passenger, ANGELA HANSEN, age 40, from Eugene, were injured.

During the crash two (2) kittens less than a year old which belonged to BOOTH escaped from their carrier and ran off into the nearby woods and the neighborhood area of Cedar Flats. One is described as orange and cream colored and the other one is black with spots. Both were wearing possibly blue or green collars. If the kittens are located you are asked to contact the OSP Springfield Office at 541-726-2536 to report their location and hopefully reunite them with BOOTH's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. One lane of Highway 126E was closed for approximately two (2) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie River Fire Department, and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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Fatal Crash near on I-5 near Albany reveals medical emergency as cause (Photo) - 01/25/16
On January 25th, 2016, at 06:22 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were dispatched to a vehicle in a field at Interstate-5 southbound near milepost 221. The sole occupant, 46 year-old Brian DOBSON, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Upon arrival, Troopers discovered a Kia Soul SUV approximately 100 feet off the highway. Preliminary investigation indicates DOBSON was driving southbound on I-5 when he suffered a medical emergency and lost control. The Kia drifted off the road, through a fence and traveled approximately 750 feet through the field before bogging down in the muddy field. The cause of the medical emergency is still under investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, Halsey Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

As a result of the traffic congestions, three additional collisions occurred as a result of traffic congestion in the area:

At 7:13 AM, during the initial death investigation, a grey Hyundai sedan was southbound on I-5 in the left lane when it slowed at the scene. A black Toyota pickup then rear-ended the Hyundai. A green Chevrolet pickup then rear-ended the Toyota and rolled over, blocking both southbound lanes. All occupants in their respective vehicles suffered minor injuries. One lane of I-5 was block for approximately 90 minutes in order to clear that crash scene.

At 8:16 AM, an empty red International truck towing a car-haul trailer was southbound in the left lane on I-5 near milepost 223 when it failed to slow appropriately for traffic congestion. The commercial truck braked and jack-knifed, colliding with a RV towing a Jeep SUV in the right lane and then colliding with the cable barrier in the freeway median. No injuries were reported in this crash. One lane of I-5 southbound was blocked for approximately two and a half hours in order to clear the scene.

At 10:00 AM, a yellow Nissan X-terra was southbound on I-5 near milepost 224 when it failed to slow appropriately for traffic congestion. The Nissan SUV rear-ended a silver Volvo wagon, causing both vehicles to collide with the cable barrier in the freeway median. Minor injuries were reported in both vehicles.

ODOT, Albany Fire Department and Halsey Fire Department assisted with these collisions.
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Death at Oak Grove Rest Area- I5 Near Harrisburg - 01/25/16
On January 23 2016, at approximately 11:35 AM the Oregon State Police were dispatched to a deceased adult male located in a bathroom stall at the Southbound Oak Grove Safety Rest Area.

Upon arrival, Troopers found a 71 year old adult male deceased. Preliminary investigations indicated nothing suspicious regarding the death. The male was identified as being from the Seattle Washington area. Next of Kin has not been made at this time.

The Linn County Medical Examiner's Office was contacted and came out to the scene. The cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner's findings. There are no photos available.

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***Update*** Two Killed In Crash With Parked Semi Truck - Grants Pass 01/08/2016 --Suspect in Custody - 01/22/16
On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, MEGAN BECKLUND, age 32, from Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, JEREMY PEARSON, age 36, from Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

On January 22nd, 2016, at 10:18a.m., Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division arrested GABRIEL LOVELL, age 43, from Grants Pass, on the following charges:

2 Counts of Manslaughter in the first degree
Failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons -- Felony

LOVELL was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

No further information for release.

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Previous New Release 1/12/16:

OSP Seeks Public Assistance with the fatal crash investigation that occurred on Friday night.
The driver of a 1998 Ford F150 (gold extra cab) fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person that may have seen the Ford F150 prior to the crash, saw it at the location prior to the arrival of law enforcement, or picked up a hitch hiker in the area is asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center 541-440-3333.
This is an ongoing investigation more information will be released when it is available.

Previous Release 01/08/16:

On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, Megan L BECKLUND, age 32, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, Jeremy C PEARSON, age 36, of Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

The driver has been identified but in efforts not to compromise the investigation, his name is being withheld at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Critical Injury Crash Highway 20 Linn County (Photo) - 01/21/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings critical injury crash on Highway 20 west of Sweet Home.

On January 21, 2016 at approximately 6:55 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 21. Once on scene, troopers determined a 1998 International Utility Truck, operated by ROBERT MAYFIELD, age 54, from Sweet Home, was westbound on Highway 20 when it crossed from its lane of travel and crossed the center turn lane. MAYFIELD'S truck continued into the eastbound lane where it collided head-on into a 2011 Kenworth log truck, operated by NEIL NIGHTENGALE, age 39, from Sweet Home. A 2003 Subaru Legacy, operated by DAVID BRIGGS, age 59, from Lebanon, was eastbound and collided into NIGHTENGALE'S truck after the initial crash occurred.

Both MAYFIELD and NIGHTENGALE sustained critical injuries in the crash. MAYFIELD was transported by Life Flight Emergency Air Ambulance to Salem Hospital and was later transferred to OHSU in Portland. NIGHTENGALE was transported by REACH Air Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. BRIGGS did not sustain any injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. It is unknown why MAYFIELD'S truck crossed into the on-coming lane. Seat belt usage is still being determined. Highway 20 was closed at the location for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Sweet Home Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Northwest Firefighters.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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OSP Employee Pleads Guilty to Assault IV Charge-Washington County - 01/21/16
The Oregon State Police has been monitoring the ongoing criminal investigation and is aware that Senior Trooper James Duncan pleaded guilty today in Washington County Circuit Court to Assault in the fourth degree. The Department was advised of the conduct on October 20, 2015 and immediately placed Senior Trooper Duncan on administrative leave, pending the adjudication of the criminal investigation that was completed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Senior Trooper Duncan's plea arises from off-duty conduct that was not related to his official police duties. Senior Trooper Duncan will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel review related to this matter. Senior Trooper Duncan has been employed by the Department since March 1, 1998 and is currently stationed at the North Plains worksite.

Any further questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

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Fatal Crash Highway 66 in Jackson County-Missing Person Located - 01/20/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 66 in Jackson County.

On January 20, 2016 at about 10:00 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 66 near milepost 10. Once on scene, OSP troopers found a 2004 Honda CRV that was off the roadway a considerable distance upside down in a creek. The sole occupant in the Honda CRV, JANIS BRONSON, age 64, from Ashland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. BRONSON was listed as a missing person by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators determined that BRONSON'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 66 near milepost 10 and failed to negotiate a curve. BRONSON'S vehicle left the roadway and went down an embankment and traveled through a field. The vehicle continued and collided with a tree and came to an uncontrolled rest upside down in a small creek. BRONSON was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Ashland Fire Department.

Questions in regards to the Missing Person investigation should be directed to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

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Attempt to Elude of Stolen Vehicle Marion County- Update Suspects in Custody - 01/20/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings Attempt to Elude of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Salem.

On January 20, 2016 at approximately 9:38 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Red Ford pickup, operated by JESSUP BITTNER, age 41, from the Eugene area, on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 249 for a traffic violation. BITTNER attempted to elude the trooper in the Ford pickup and ultimately exited at the southbound Santiam Rest Area near milepost 239. During the attempt to elude it was determined that the Ford pickup was stolen.

Once in the rest area BITTNER and a female identified as MELISSA KITTELL, age 44, from the Eugene area, exited the Ford pickup and fled on foot. BITTNER unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a bystander within the rest area and fled west on foot with KITTELL. The victim of the attempted carjacking did not sustain any injuries.

OSP troopers along with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department set up a perimeter in the area. The Salem Police Department deployed a Patrol K-9 in an effort to search for the male and female.

An OSP airplane was dispatched to the location and was able to observe BITTNER and KITTELL from the air. The OSP airplane was able to direct officers and a Linn County Sheriff's Office Patrol Boat to the area that BITTNER and KITTELL were in. Officers were deployed from the patrol boat and were able to get into the area where BITTNER and KITTELL were last seen. A short time later, the Salem PD Patrol K9 located BITTNER and KITTELL. BITTNER sustained multiple dog bites from the patrol K9.

At 11:18 a.m. BITTNER and KITTELL were taken into custody. BITTNER and KITTELL are being treated at a local hospital. BITTNER for dog bite wounds and hypothermia, KITTELL for hypothermia.

BITTNER will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude in Vehicle and on Foot and Reckless Driving. KITTELL will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Attempt to Elude on Foot. Any other pending crimes will be referred to the Marion County DA for consideration.

Questions related to Salem Police Departments Patrol K-9 program need to be directed to the SPD Public Information Officer.

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Attempt to Elude of Stolen Vehicle Marion County - 01/20/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings Attempt to Elude of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Salem.

On January 20, 2016 at approximately 9:38 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Red Ford pickup on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 249 for a traffic violation. The operator of the Ford pickup attempted to elude the trooper and ultimately exited at the southbound Santiam Rest Area near milepost 239. During the attempt to elude it was determined that the Ford pickup was stolen.

Once in the rest area a male and a female exited Ford pickup and fled on foot. The male unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a bystander within the rest area and then fled west on foot. The male was described at about 6'0" with a medium build with short black hair and a mustache. The male was wearing a red jacket and jeans. The only description of the female is that she was wearing a dark colored jacket.

OSP troopers are being assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department. The Salem Police Department Deployed a Patrol K-9 in an effort to search for the male and female. The search is on-going at this time.

If anyone witnesses a male or female matching the description please call 9-1-1.

No further information for release at this time and this release will be updated when more information becomes available.

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***Photos Released*** Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 20 Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo) - 01/17/16
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Previous Release:
On January 17, 2016 at about 3:330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2.5 (just east of Sisters).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they discovered a 1997 Subaru wagon had exited the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene and was identified as Rodney A STAMBAUGH, age 54, of Sisters. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Preliminary information indicates STAMBAUGH was traveling eastbound on Highway 20, when for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a tree. The road conditions at the time of the crash was black ice.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Black Butte Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Cloverdale Fire and Rescue. This is a preliminary release, more information will be released once next of kin has been made.


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Previous Release:
On January 17, 2016 at about 3:330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2.5 (just east of Sisters).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they discovered a 1997 Subaru wagon had exited the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, an adult male, was deceased when crews arrived. The family of the deceased has not yet been notified.

The current road conditions were black ice. OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Black Butte Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Cloverdale Fire and Rescue. This is a preliminary release, more information will be released once next of kin has been made.
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Gold Beach Man Dies Following Crash On Highway 101 - Curry County (Photo) - 01/17/16
On January 17, 2016 at about 11:45AM, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 336 (five miles south of Gold Beach).

Preliminary information indicates a 2007 Gulfstream motorhome was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and crashed into the ditch. An OSP Patrol Sergeant and an off duty nurse were first on scene and provided CPR to the driver until medical personnel arrived.

The driver, Michael K GILLETTE, age 64, of Brookings, was transported to Curry General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It is speculated by medical personnel that GILLETTE had a medical emergency prior to the crash. The 3 year old passenger, GILLETTE's grandson was not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Gold Beach Fire. More information will be released when it is available.
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OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Asking for the Public's Assistance with Poaching Case in Baker County - 01/16/16
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of five (5) mule deer outside of Baker City, within the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County.

On December 1, 2015 OSP was notified of three dead mule deer, two of the deer were mule deer bucks with their heads removed, the third was a mule deer doe. The deer were unlawfully killed off of the main Lookout Mountain road.

During the investigation it was determined that there were a minimum of five mule deer and one wild turkey that were killed at this location. Four of the five deer were bucks with their heads removed. All five deer were left to waste. The deer are believed to have been killed during the week of Thanksgiving.

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

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Brad Duncan with the Oregon State Police in Baker City at 541-519-7867.

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Attempted Arson Investigation Cave Junction (Photo) - 01/15/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) Arson Detectives are seeking the public's assistance regarding an Attempted Arson Investigation in the Cave Junction area.

Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on January 14, 2016 and 8:00 a.m. on January 15, 2016, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to set fire to the Community Bible Church in Cave Junction. The suspect(s) attempted to set the south entrance wood doors on fire using an unknown accelerant. The fire self-extinguished leaving fire damage to the wood doors and minor damage to the carpeting just inside the doors. Detectives are processing evidence left behind that was not damaged by the fire and are reviewing video footage in hopes of identifying the suspect(s).

If anyone has information on the fire or the suspect(s) you are encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police at (541) 664-4600 and leave your information for Detective Keller.

There is a possible reward through the Oregon State chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) for the identification and conviction of the person(s) responsible for setting the fire.

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Federal Court Verdict in Oregon State Police Pursuit - 01/14/16
The Oregon State Police have been informed of the jury verdict involving Justin Wilkens related to claims of excessive force stemming from his arrest in Lane County, Oregon on August 3, 2012.

The Oregon State Police is disappointed with the outcome and feels the actions of our Troopers clearly did not violate established procedures or tactics. In situations like these officers have milliseconds to make what may be life or death decisions and those officers should be shielded from the liability of civil damages.

The Oregon State Police is reviewing the verdict with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Justice as it relates to the possible next steps of this process.
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Wolf Creek Man Arrested in Connection With Sex Abuse Investigation- Josephine County (Photo) - 01/14/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Wolf Creek man on multiple charges Thursday in connection with a Sex Abuse investigation in Josephine County.

On January 13, 2016, OSP Detectives arrested, MATTHEW ALLEN WEBER, age 24, from Wolf Creek on Sex Abuse charges related to his alleged relationship with a sixteen year old female. Detectives received a report earlier this week that WEBER was sexually involved with a juvenile female. Subsequent investigation by detectives led to evidence that WEBER had been sexually involved with the victim for several months.

The investigation also determined that last year WEBER was a volunteer at a local high school where the victim attends, but no evidence thus far indicates that any of the alleged offenses occurred at the school.

WEBER was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on two counts of Sexual Abuse in the second degree and three counts of Using a Child in the Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct. Weber's bail was set at $50,000.

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Fatal Crash -- State Route 201S south of Nyssa (Photo) - 01/13/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal traffic crash on Highway 201S south of Nyssa that took the life of an Idaho man.

On January 13, 2016 at approximately 8:00 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on State Route 201S near milepost 11. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, operated by LAWRENCE DEMARSE Jr, age 52, from Caldwell, Idaho, was northbound and failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway. The pickup went air born before traveling onto an embankment. DEMARSE'S pickup rolled and came to an uncontrolled rest on its left side.

DEMARSE was ejected from the pickup and died as a result of his injuries. Troopers determined that DEMARSE was not wearing safety restraints. OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. It is unknown whether impairment was a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Adrian QRU and the Malheur County Sheriff's office.

Photograph courtesy of OSP

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Death Investigation -- Missing Sandy Man Located Deceased at Brothers Oasis Rest Area - 01/12/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the unattended death of an adult male at the Brothers Oasis Rest Area on Highway 20 located near Brothers, Oregon. The adult male was listed as a missing person from Sandy Police Department.

On January 12, 2016 at about 2:45 PM, the Sandy Police Department took a missing person report of an overdue truck driver. Sandy Police Department listed the missing person as BRET ANDERSON, age 56, from Sandy. Sandy Police Department sent out an attempt to locate to various law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for ANDERSON.

A short time after the attempt to locate was put out, a concerned citizen in the Brothers area called OSP dispatch to report a semi-truck and trailer that had been parked at the Brothers Oasis Rest Area since last Friday and had not moved.

At about 4:45 PM, an OSP trooper arrived at the rest area and located the semi-truck and trailer listed in the attempt to locate. The trooper made entry to the cab of the semi-truck and found ANDERSON deceased in the sleeper berth. Local first responders pronounced ANDERSON deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers with the assistance of the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office believe based on evidence at the scene that ANDERSON died of natural causes and there is no foul play suspected.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command are leading the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local fire/EMS and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office. OSP was also assisted by members of the Sandy Police Department with next of kin notification.

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Fatal Crash Highway 211 in Clackamas County - 01/12/16
A Molalla man lost his life in a two vehicle crash this morning on Highway 211 in Clackamas County.

On January 12, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and other first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Highway 211 near milepost 11. Once on scene, investigators determined that 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser, operated by ANDREA PARSONS, age 36, from Molalla, was eastbound on Highway 211. For unknown reasons PARSONS' vehicle rotated clockwise and went into the on-coming lane and into the path of a westbound 1997 Toyota Celica, operated by ROBERT LAYTON, age 76, from Molalla and his passenger DONNA LAYTON, age 66, from Molalla. The two vehicles collided in the westbound lane.

ROBERT LAYTON was pronounced deceased at the scene. His wife, DONNA LAYTON, was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with reported critical injuries. PARSONS was transported by ground ambulance to Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center with reported minor injuries. Investigators were able to determine that all involved were wearing safety restraints. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Molalla Police and Fire Departments, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, West Linn Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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***Update*** Two Killed In Crash With Parked Semi Truck - Grants Pass (Photo) - 01/12/16
OSP Seeks Public Assistance with the fatal crash investigation that occurred on Friday night.

The driver of a 1998 Ford F150 (gold extra cab) fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person that may have seen the Ford F150 prior to the crash, saw it at the location prior to the arrival of law enforcement, or picked up a hitch hiker in the area is asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center 541-440-3333.

This is an ongoing investigation more information will be released when it is available.

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Previous Release:
On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, Megan L BECKLUND, age 32, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, Jeremy C PEARSON, age 36, of Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

The driver has been identified but in efforts not to compromise the investigation, his name is being withheld at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Depoe Bay Resident dies in vehicle crash (Photo) - 01/11/16
On January 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM the Oregon State Police was notified of a single vehicle fatal crash on US HWY 101 near milepost 126 (Depoe Bay).

Once emergency workers and OSP-Newport Troopers arrived a 1991 Honda station wagon was found on the east side of the highway. The female driver, identified as Ms. Simone Dobos (age age 64), from Depoe Bay was deceased at the scene.

The investigation indicated Ms. Dobos was driving southbound on US HWY 101, on January 04, 2016 after 10:40 PM, when the vehicle veered off the road, clipped a roadway sign, slid sideways across the highway, went off the roadway, and struck two trees. Ms. Dobos was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from passenger side of the vehicle. The crash was heard from neighboring residents but was not reported until January 05, 2016.

OSP was assisted by Depoe Bay fire and rescue, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, ODOT, and Pac-West Ambulance. The highway was not blocked during the investigation.