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Law Enforcement Continuing Enforcement Efforts In And Around The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area - 06/30/16

The Oregon State Police is urging visitors to the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA) to consume intoxicants responsibly. This is a result of numerous DUII/BUII complaints and arrests over the past several weekends. Additionally there has been parking issues and car break-ins.

OSP urges visitors to not park on the roadways in SIWA which has been a reoccurring problem. At times cars are completely blocking the roadways and they are being towed (emergency vehicles cannot access SIWA). Additionally, leave valuables at home or if they are in your vehicle, hide them from plain sight.

OSP and its partners are continuing joint enforcement efforts on SIWA, surrounding areas to include the waterways. The following is an example of those enforcement efforts which involved a saturation patrol from June 24 to June 26:

OSP was assisted in the operation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). The saturation was run in conjunction with Operation Dry Water a National weekend of boating under the influence awareness, education and enforcement effort. Fish and Wildlife Troopers and CCSO patrolled the waters around Sauvie Island. As a result of the operation one person was cited for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII) and Nine persons were cited and/or arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Multiple warnings and citations were issued for boating related violations and multiple parking and traffic citations were also issued.

* One boater was found by CCSO to be BUII and was arrested and transported to the DUII Mobile Processing Center where subject provided a breath sample at .04% BAC. A urine sample was also collected for analysis. The boat operator was cited for BUII.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed a vehicle being operated near Collins beach with a small child unsecured and bouncing around. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver presented indicators of impairment due to marijuana use. The driver was subsequently arrested and booked into the Columbia County Jail for DUII. Additional charges will be referred to the D.A.'s Office.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and observed the driver was impaired to a noticeable and perceptible degree. The driver was subsequently arrested, and later booked into the Columbia County jail for DUII and Reckless Driving.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed a vehicle failing to drive with a lane of travel and conducted a traffic stop near Walton Beach. The driver presented indicators of impairment. The driver was arrested and provided a breath sample of .11% BAC. The driver was booked into the Columbia County Jail for DUII.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Sergeant stopped a vehicle coming from the SIWA beaches for failing to drive within lane. The driver was subsequently arrested, refused to provide a breath sample and a search warrant was secured for the driver's breath and blood. The driver provided a breath sample at .17% BAC nearly 3 hours after the time of stop. It was the driver's third DUII arrest and he was cited for Fail to Install Ignition Interlock Device, Fail to Drive Within Lane, Refuse to Submit to Breath Test, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Collins Beach. The driver was arrested and provided a breath sample at .11% BAC. The driver was cited for MIP -- Alcohol, Following Too Closely, Driving Uninsured, No Operator's License, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. The driver was released to his mother.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for following too closely. The driver was arrested for DUII and provided a breath sample of .14% BAC. The driver was cited and released.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper and an OSP Astoria F&W Sergeant observed a vehicle near Walton Beach after closure hours (The SIWA closes at 10:00 PM). It was discovered two teenagers were smoking marijuana. One individual was cited for MIP-Marijuana and parents were summoned to pick them up.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed an individual selling Jell-O shots to beach goers. The suspect salesman carried two coolers and loudly advertised the 100 proof Vodka shots for sale. The Trooper saw the suspect sell shots to beach goers and summoned two other F&W Troopers to the area. A Trooper interviewed the suspect who admitted his crimes. Both coolers with the remaining Jell-O shots and $117 dollars of sale proceeds were seized as evidence. The suspect was cited for SIWA Day Use Violation- Selling Goods and Sale of Alcohol without a License and released. Investigation revealed the suspect had also sold the Jell-O shots to minors and an additional charge of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor will be considered.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper stopped a vehicle for Reckless Driving. The driver presented indicators of impairment, was arrested and provided a breath sample of.08% BAC. The driver was cited for DUII and Reckless Driving and released.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed a vehicle traveling from the SIWA beaches that was all over the road. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver admitted to smoking marijuana ten minutes prior to driving. The driver provided a breath and urine sample and was cited and released for DUII.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper was flagged down by a concerned motorist reporting a vehicle all over the road from the SIWA beaches. The Trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver was disoriented. The driver was arrested for DUII and provided a breath sample of .21% BAC. The driver was booked into the Columbia County Jail for DUII and Reckless Driving.

Names Released; Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Continuing In Keizer - 06/27/16

The investigation into Sunday night's officer involved shooting in Keizer is continuing. A Keizer Police Officer used deadly force during an armed robbery investigation which resulted in the suspect being taken to Salem Health for life threatening injuries.

The involved officer has been identified as Keizer Police Officer Esteban Perez, age 26. Officer Perez has approximately five years of law enforcement service. He was uninjured in the incident.

The robbery suspect who was injured in the encounter has been identified as Andy L GIBSON, age 50, of Canby. He is still being treated at Salem Health for life threatening injuries.

There had been speculation this suspect was associated with two other robberies that occurred in Keizer early Sunday morning, but it has been confirmed this is not the case and the incidents are not related.

No further information to be released at this time.

***End Release***


Previous release by Keizer Police Department:

A Keizer Police officer was involved in an on-duty shooting on the evening of June 26, 2016 in Keizer.

On Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 8:18 p.m. officers from the Keizer Police Department responded to the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 5550 River Road North after receiving a report that an armed robbery had just occurred at this business.

One Keizer Police officer arrived on scene and confronted the suspect. During the confrontation the officer discharged his firearm striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Salem Health (formerly known as the Salem Hospital) for treatment of his injuries. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. The involved officer was not injured.

This investigation will be conducted by members of the Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office, who are currently on scene. This is standard procedure for the Keizer Police Department to request the Oregon State Police conduct an independent investigation into an incident of this nature.

The name of the involved officer and the suspect are not being released at this time as additional time is needed to make notification to the families of those who were involved.

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

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

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-731-3030.
Further media releases will be through the Oregon State Police or the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Three Motorcyclists Die On Oregon's Highways Over The Weekend - 06/26/16

JUNE 24 -- LANE COUNTY

On June 24, 2016 at about 5:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle versus a pickup on Highway 36 near milepost 7 (near Mapleton).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound when it failed to negotiate a corner, crossed the centerline, and struck a 1999 Ford Ranger head-on.

The motorcyclist, Michael R LUCIER, age 56, of Swisshome, Oregon, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Rodney D PRUETT, age 23, of Florence was not injured.

There were intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Florence Police.


JUNE 25 -- JOSPEHINE COUNTY

On June 25, 2016 at about 8PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 46 at milepost 7 (Caves Highway near Cave Junction).

The 911 caller, who was a passing motorist, reporting seeing a motorcycle partially down the embankment. The caller also reported the rider was not breathing. Emergency crews arrived on scene and pronounced the motorcyclist deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Triumph motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 46 at milepost 7 when it left the roadway on a corner. The motorcycle struck a tree and the rider, Patrick Michael DALEY, age 57, of Cave Junction, was thrown down the embankment.

Roadway evidence indicates excessive speed was a factor. Highway 46 was closed for approximately 1 hour during the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire Department.


JUNE 26 -- LINN COUNTY

On June 26, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a truck versus motorcycle collision on Interstate 5 at the 235 interchange (just north of Albany). Information received is the truck driver failed to remain at the scene and left the area.

Preliminary information indicates a 1995 Kenworth truck tractor towing a chip trailer had been traveling southbound on Old Salem Road. The truck began to make a left turn onto the Interstate 5 southbound onramp, but turned in front of a northbound 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle.

The motorcyclist crashed as a result of the truck turning into its path. The rider, Kevin R ARGO, age 39, of Lebanon was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The operator of the truck, Ruben L DEFOOR, age 79, of Albany, was later located and is cooperating with the investigation.

The onramp was closed for several hours as the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Albany Fire, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when available.

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Four Sent To Hospital Following Head-On Crash Near Sheridan - Yamhill County (Photo) - 06/25/16

On June 24, 2016 at about 7PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 18B near milepost 5 (just west of Sheridan).

Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound 2001 Hyundai Elantra was making a pass in a no passing zone (in a corner) when it struck a westbound 2001 Hyundai Accent head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the highway.

The driver of the Accent, Phil P WATKINS, age 61, of Willamina, OR, suffered life threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. The driver of the Elantra, Timothy M MCCREADY, age 43, of Sheridan, was taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville for serious injuries. A passenger from each vehicle was taken to Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 18B was closed for four hours while the investigation was conducted. Alcohol is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, Amity Police, McMinnville Police, Sheridan Fire, West Valley Fire, Newberg Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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

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Be A Trooper: OSP Accepting Online Applications (Photo) - 06/24/16

Have you ever considered the Oregon State Police as a career? If so, the Oregon State Police offers numerous duty assignments across our beautiful state and will be accepting Entry Level and Lateral recruit trooper applications beginning today and will close at midnight on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Careers with the Oregon State Police not only offer many geographical transfer opportunities throughout the state, but also offer a wide variety of assignments within our Patrol, Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Divisions.

Adding to the attractive scenery and numerous assignment options are numerous opportunities for promotional advancement, excellent wages, incentives based on education and experiences, and an excellent benefit package.

Start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at osptrooper.com. The website will help interested applicants learn about the process, understand qualifications, and get a head start on the required entry level testing.

Two entry level testing sessions will be held on Saturday, August 20, and Monday, August 22, at the Department of Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The Oregon State Police testing sessions typically take the majority of the day, and kick off around 7:30 a.m.

The Oregon State Police urges applicants to prepare for the application and testing sessions beforehand.

The complete application for employment is comprised of an e-recruit profile, a supplemental questionnaire and required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

For additional information applicants should call the OSP Recruiting and Training Section at (503) 378 4931.

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Three Escape Death Or Serious Injuries After High Speed Crash In Yamhill County (Photo) - 06/24/16

On June 24, 2016 at about 3AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 221 near milepost 10 (just south of Wheatland Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Audi sedan was traveling northbound on Highway 221 (Wallace Road) at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control on a corner. The Audi left the roadway and traveled approximately 600 feet along the ditch line. The Audi struck a tree, a power pole and a highway sign coming to rest in the middle of the roadway after rolling several times.

The driver and two passengers were taken to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. The driver, Jonathan ALCANTARA ROMERO, age 25, of Dayton, was arrested and taken to the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges: DUII- Alcohol, Assault III, Reckless Endangering Another Person, Assault IV, Criminal Mischief II, and Reckless Driving.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Dayton Fire and McMinnville Fire. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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OSP And Partners Focusing On Waterway Safety This Weekend (Photo) - 06/24/16

As the hot weather arrives again this weekend, Oregon State Police urges those who utilize state wildlife areas, parks, beaches and other locations along waterways to not make critical mistakes that affect them and others on Oregon roads and waterways. In particular, OSP wants to remind those who recreate on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA) beaches near Portland, Oregon to enjoy their time with friends and family and to keep it enjoyable by making safe and sober boating and driving a priority.

OSP and local law enforcement partners will participate in a national enforcement effort this weekend, 'Operation Dry Water,' to discourage impaired boating and prevent alcohol-related incidents on Oregon waterways. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of boating under the influence awareness, education and enforcement launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. In conjunction with this effort, additional OSP and local law enforcement will focus the same effort to discourage impaired driving.

Important safety tips for warm weather recreating:

* Designated Driver (DD) - If you haven't worked out who will drive if you're going to drink; now's the time!
* Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion --"stressors" common to the boating environment-- intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications.
* Make it an Overnighter - couches or hotel rooms make great landing pads and are far more comfortable than a jail bed.
* Reach out for help - if you've been drinking or using marijuana you shouldn't be boating / driving. Call a cab, phone a friend or send for backup on Twitter - it may mean the difference in someone else's life.
* If you do see an impaired driver behind the wheel or operating a boat call and report it: 911

Here are links to operation dry water. First one is for media:
http://www.operationdrywater.org/awareness

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Officer Involved Shooting In Douglas County **Update # 2** - 06/23/16

On June 14, 2016, at about 3:06 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired at 2306 Happy Valley Road, Roseburg.

When deputies arrived, they found an adult female had been shot. The shooter was reported to be on foot in the area. Law enforcement officers from all around Douglas County responded to the incident. The woman was later identified as Lisa E MARTIN, age 19, from the Eugene area. The suspect, a 25 year old Springfield man, was identified as Joseph A GEORGE.

While Deputies were attending to Martin, the suspect fired a shot at them from a wooded area. Two Deputies returned fire. The suspect fled the immediate area and medics were able to transport Martin from the scene. Officers searched the area and located the suspect deceased in a nearby field within about two hundred feet of the residence. The initial investigation determined the male died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was not struck by any of the deputy's bullets. This was later confirmed by the medical examiners autopsy.

Martin was transported to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred via air ambulance to Sacred Heart - Riverbend in Springfield for life threatening injuries. Martin has since been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident with the Oregon State Police being the lead investigative agency. Douglas County Sheriff's Office initially responded along with the Oregon State Police and Roseburg Police Department.

Per the Douglas County Response to Deadly Physical Force Plan and the Douglas County Major Crimes Team agreement, a Major Crimes Team was activated to investigate the incident. At the request of Sheriff John Hanlin, and in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police has been designated as the lead investigative agency.

No further information will be released at this time.

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OSP SWAT Responds To Man Who Barricades When Detectives Serve Search Warrant - Josephine County (Photo) - 06/23/16

On June 22, 2016 at about noon, detectives from the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) attempted to serve a search warrant at 126 Galice Road in Merlin. The suspect, Mike DILLS, age 68, barricaded himself in the house upon detectives arriving.

Marked patrol personnel responded to assist but DILLS refused to exit the residence. There was information and factors that led law enforcement to believe this situation was high risk including access to firearms.

Due to the risk, OSP SWAT responded and surrounded the residence. Within minutes, DILLS surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Detectives searched the residence and seized 64.9 grams of methamphetamine, 3 firearms (a stolen pistol , a revolver, and a shotgun), over $2500 and other items of evidence.

DILLS was booked into the Josephine County Jail on charges of Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine. OSP was assisted by Josephine County Parole and Probation, Basin Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team and the DEA.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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OSP Rescues Piglet Alongside Interstate 5, Seeks Owner - Lane County (Photo) - 06/22/16

On June 21, 2016 at approximately 10:15PM, OSP received the report of a dog running southbound in the northbound median of Interstate near MP 191 south of Eugene (between Franklin and Glenwood).

Troopers arrived in the area and discovered the animal reported was not a dog but a piglet. The female piglet is approximately 30 to 40 pounds in size and white with black spots. It is estimated she is approximately 3 to 5 weeks old. There were no identifying collars, tags, or information on the pig to assist in notifying the owner. The pig was taken into custody (without incident) and transported to the 1st Avenue Animal Shelter in Eugene.

The owner is asked to call the OSP Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536 or the 1st Ave Shelter (Greenhill Humane Society) at 541-844-1777.

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Crash Near Haines Takes Life Of One, Two Others Suffer Life Threatening Injuries - Baker County - 06/21/16

On 6/20/2016 at approximately 6:26PM a driving complaint was called in to Baker County Dispatch concerning a blue Buick passenger car that was driving erratically. At approximately 6:30PM Baker County dispatch received a report of a 2 vehicle head-on crash at mile post 41 on Highway 30 involving the blue Buick that was called in previously.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Buick sedan was traveling eastbound when it crossed the centerline and was struck on its passenger side by a 2011 Toyota sedan. Upon crashing the front end of the Buick caught on fire and was extinguished by first responders and people that had stopped to help using fire extinguishers as well as a bucket and water from the ditch next to the road.

Medics arrived on scene and pronounced the female driver of the Buick, Christina Lynn LONG, age 39, of Haines, deceased. The driver of the second vehicle, Tricia Eileen PRICE, age 40, of Haines as well as a 17 year old passenger were both taken to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City and then transferred by air ambulance to regional trauma centers for life threatening injuries.

A witness stated that he saw the driver of the Buick make a bad pass on a corner on Hwy 30 west of Haines. He stated that she passed a pickup in a corner and then quickly came to a stop in front of the pickup she had just passed at a high rate of speed. The witness stated that as he entered Haines he saw the Buick catching up to him from behind at a high rate of speed. He was concerned that the driver was going to rear end him so he pulled over. He stated he then pulled out behind it and was attempting to get a license plate to call in a driving complaint. He stated that when he came to the next corner he saw the Buick suddenly swerve into the oncoming lane of travel and crash into the other vehicle.

Roadway evidence suggests that the 2003 Buick braked aggressively and initially traveled in a straight path within it's lane of travel before veering sharply to the left into the oncoming lane as the vehicle rotated nearly 90 degrees counter clockwise where it was struck in the passenger side door the Toyota.

Highway 30 was closed in both directions for approximately 4 hours for the crash investigation. OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Fire, ODOT, and Baker Rural Fire. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Update - Names and Photos Released*** Head-On Crash On Highway 97 Kills Two - Deschutes County (Photo) - 06/20/16

On June 20, 2016 at approximately 8PM OSP received a report of a head on crash on US Hwy 97 at milepost 171 (south of Lapine).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a northbound 1991 Lexus was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2016 Ford Fusion head-on.

The driver of the Lexus, Alan James EUTSLER, age 29, of Bend, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Ford, Donald R ADAMS, age 45, and his front passenger, Barbara A ADAMS, age 30, were taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. An eight year old male passenger in the Ford was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of minor injuries. A 10 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were children of Donald and Barbara Adams. All were from Rathdrum, Idaho.

Highway 97 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Police, Lapine Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Speed and unlawful passing by EUTSLER is being considered as the leading factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.

***End Update***

Previous Release:
On June 19, 2016 at approximately 8PM OSP received a report of a head on crash on US Hwy 97 at milepost 171 (south of Lapine).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a northbound 1991 Lexus was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2016 Ford Fusion head-on.

The driver of the Lexus, a 29 year old adult male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, a 45 year old male, and his passenger, a 30 year old female, were taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. A eight year old male passenger in the Ford was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of minor injuries. A 10 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Highway 97 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is a preliminary release. No further information will be released until families of the deceased have been notified.

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***Update- Second Driver Arrested *** Speed Racing Suspected As Cause Of Crash That Killed McMinnville Man (Photo) - 06/19/16

Second Arrest made associated with fatal crash which occurred on May 4, 2016 in Yamhill County.

On June 19th, 2016, Jeremy G HOPPER II, age 24, of Amity was arrested and lodged at the Yamhill County Jail. He was lodged on the following charges:

Manslaughter In The First Degree Bail $150,000
-Assault In The First Degree Bail $ 150,000
-Assault In The Fourth Degree Bail: $ 5,000
-Reckless Driving Bail: $ 5,000


On Saturday June 18, 2016 the driver of the 2013 Silver Mitsubishi Lancer, identified as Andrew RD OLSEN, age 22, of Lafayette was arrested and lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges stemming from the investigation into the crash that occurred on May 4, 2016.

ANDREW ROBERT DEAN OLSEN:
-Manslaughter In The First Degree Bail $150,000
-Assault In The First Degree Bail $ 150,000
-Assault In The Fourth Degree Bail: $ 5,000
-Reckless Driving Bail: $ 5,000

No further information is authorized for release.
***End Release***

Previous Release:
On May 4, 2016 at about 8:50 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (north of McMinnville).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it lost control and spun across the paved center median and struck a southbound 2004 Honda Odyssey van nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jeremy G HOPPER, age 24, of McMinnville, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. HOPPER's passenger, Natasha FISHER, age 18, of McMinnville was transported by air ambulance to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Claudio MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, age 43, of McMinnville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. MARTINEZ MARQUEZ's passenger, Bonifacio MARTINEZ GARCIA, age 33, of McMinnville was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The operator of a Silver 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer remained at the scene after the crash.

Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the cause of this crash. Anybody with information regarding this crash should call the Oregon State Police at 503-472-2184.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately 8 hours. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg Police Department, ODOT, and McMinnville Fire Department.

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Man Loses Life After High Speed Crash On Interstate 5 -Marion County (Photo) - 06/18/16

On June 18, 2016 at about 6:16AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a roll over crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 268 (south of Woodburn). This area of Interstate 5 is three lanes in each direction.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Hyundai was traveling northbound in the slow lane at a high rate of speed (witnesses estimated over 100 mph). A northbound 2002 Honda Accord was traveling in the middle lane when it made a lane change to the slow lane and into the path of the Hyundai.

The Hyundai lost control, exited the highway and struck a bridge pillar. The driver, Brandon L HUBBELL, age 21, of Willamina, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Honda, Matthew G VOGT, age 27, of Corvallis was not injured.

The slow lane was closed for over 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Marion County Sheriff's Office

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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***Update - Suspects Arrested*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case - Columbia County (Photo) - 06/17/16

On June 14, 2016 OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers from the Astoria, Saint Helens, and Portland offices followed up on an anonymous tip leading them to contact three subjects at two separate residences in northeast Portland.

While at the first residence, Troopers interviewed Esgar GARCIA, age 31, who admitted to shooting both bull elk while recreationally shooting near Scappoose. Troopers found several sets of deer antlers which GARCIA admitted were shot at night on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA). Additionally, GARCIA admitted to shooting approximately other deer and two domestic cows on the SIWA that he had left to waste.

Troopers went to the second address, and interviewed Lionzo GARCIA-RODRIGUEZ, age 41, and a 16 year old regarding the incident. During the interview, the 16 year old juvenile admitted to shooting several times at the elk with an AR-15. All subjects were arrested for the following crimes:

Esgar GARCIA was arrested for:
Unlawful Take of Bull Elk: Closed Season x 2
Waste of Game Animal x 2
Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Lionzo GARCIA-RODRIGUEZ was arrested for:
Aiding in a Wildlife Violation: Unlawful Take of Bull Elk

16 year-old juvenile was arrested for:
Unlawful Take of Bull Elk: Closed Season
Waste of Game Animal

12 rifles, shotguns, and handguns were seized during the interviews, as well as the unlawfully taken deer antlers and two homemade sound suppressors. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

***End Release***

Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Columbia County.

On the evening of May 29, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk in the area of Pittsburg Road near Baker Point (approximately 3 miles from Scappoose-Vernonia Highway). OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found two dead elk, determining they had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot on or around Saturday, May 28th.

A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Columbia County Chapter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Sergeant Joe Warwick through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:
The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

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

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

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
* $100 Game Fish
* $100 Upland Birds
* $200 Habitat
* $250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
* $500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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Two Killed In Separate Crashes In Southern Oregon (Photo) - 06/17/16

On June 17, 2016 at about 2:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 66 near milepost 10 (east of Ashland). Upon emergency crews arriving they found the driver of the vehicle had been ejected and was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota coupe was traveling westbound on Highway 66 when it failed to negotiate a corner. The Honda left the roadway and traveled down a steep embankment where it rolled over. The driver, Lauryl J LOCKWOOD, age 27, of Ashland, was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The second crash occurred on June 17, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 62 (near Merlin). Upon crews arriving on scene they discovered a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu had been southbound on Interstate 5 when, for unknown reasons, left the roadway on a sweeping curve. The Chevrolet crossed an open grassy area, rolled over and struck a tree.

Emergency crews arrived and transported the driver to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass where he died from his injuries. The driver was identified as Brandon AJ MAY, age 23, of Central Point.

Both crashes are still under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Second Suspect Arrested From Shooting - Josephine County - 06/17/16

On Wednesday June 15th, 2016, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point arrested Robbie Shane CRUZ, age 32 of Grants Pass. CRUZ was arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation into a shooting that occurred On April 19th, 2016 at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. Detectives previously arrested Linzin Rooni Eshalom, age 33, from Arizona on multiple charges related to this incident. CRUZ was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges...

- Conspiracy to commit Burglary in the 1st Degree
- Conspiracy to commit robbery in the 1st Degree
- 2 Burglary in the 1st Degree
- 2 Robbery in the 1st Degree
- 2 Assault in the 2nd Degree
- 2 counts of attempted murder
- Assault in the 1st Degree
- Unlawful use/carrying a dangerous weapon

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and as such, no further information is being released at this time. Any questions should be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:

On April 19th, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. The report indicated one occupant of the residence was pistol whipped and shot by the suspect(s). The initial report indicated that there were four suspects who were dressed in black with masks covering their faces.

The resident at 8051 Holland Loop Rd was the victim to this incident. He was injured during the incident and was treated and released from Three Rivers Medical Center on April 20, 2016.

While OSP Troopers were on scene of the home invasion, Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass reported a unidentified male had been transported and left at Three Rivers Hospital. The report indicated the unidentified male had been shot several times.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded to assist. The subsequent investigation has revealed the following information:

The unidentified male who was dropped off at Three Rivers Hospital was later identified as 32 year old, Linzin Rooni ESHALOM. ESHALOM was set to be discharged after a medical procedure on the evening of April 25th. Prior to that procedure, he self-discharged from the hospital with the assistance of his mother and sister. Linzin Rooni ESHALOM was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on April 26th. 2016 in connection with the incident.

Fatal Crash near Condon - 06/15/16

On June 15, 2016 at 6:25 AM The Dallas OSP office responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on state highway 206 near milepost (MP) 26.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red Chevrolet sedan was westbound when the driver, Richard W. Miller (age 74 from Mt. Vernon) drifted off the westbound lane when started through a left hand corner. Miller attempted to gain control of the vehicle and over corrected. The vehicle came to rest on its top on the eastbound shoulder. Miller was pronounced deceased at the scene. Miller was wearing his seatbelt and there was no airbag deployment. Miller had a dog in the vehicle that survived the crash.

OSP was assisted by Gilliam County SO, Gilliam County Fire/Rescue and ODOT. One lane was opened after two and a half hours.

Officer involved shooting in Douglas County ** UPDATE #1**** - 06/15/16

***UPDATE # 1***

The victim female is currently receiving treatment for serious but non-life threatening injuries at Sacred Heart at Riverbend in Springfield. The name of the deceased suspect is not being released pending next of kin notification.

Three Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office have been identified as being involved in the officer involved shooting. The three deputies are currently on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol during officer involved shooting investigations.

Per the Douglas County Response to Deadly Physical Force Plan and the Douglas County Major Crimes Team agreement, a Major Crimes Team was activated to investigate the incident. At the request of Sheriff John Hanlin, and in consultation with the District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police has been designated as the lead investigative agency.

No further information will be released at this time.

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Cave Junction Male Arrested for Sex Abuse Charges (Photo) - 06/15/16

On 5/13/16, OSP Detectives in Central Point responded to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for a report of a 15 year old female who had been raped and assaulted by her stepfather.

Detectives interviewed the victim's mother and hospital staff. The suspect at the hospital was identified as Jeffrey Handley DOB 08/28/1971.

On 5/14/16 OSP Detectives received a call of a shooting that occurred at 146 Enchanted Way in Cave Junction, OR. It was reported a male subject had shot himself in the head and was still alive. The preliminary investigation revealed Jeffrey Handley, had shot himself in the head with a .22 long rifle in the back yard of the residence. Handley was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, before being transferred to OHSU Hospital for treatment of his injuries he sustained from the gunshot wound to his head.

Detectives interviewed the victim on 5/16/16 and she disclosed Jeffrey Handley had sexual abused her on multiple occasions since she was seven years old.

On 6/10/2016, Handley was interviewed at Forest Park Care Facility in Portland. Following this interview, Handley was arrested on the following charges and lodged in the Josephine County Jail:

Rape III
Sodomy III- 3 counts
Sex Abuse II- 2counts
Sodomy I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration I- 3 counts
Sex Abuse I- 4 counts

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Commerical Motor Vehicle crashes into train trestle (Photo) - 06/15/16

On June 14th, 2016 at 4:10 PM the Oregon State Police- Oakridge Troopers were dispatched to semi tractor- trailer truck (CMV) versus Recreation Vehicle (RV) crash.

Preliminary evidence and statements revealed the CMV was westbound east of Lowell on Highway 58 when it lost control. For unknown reasons, the CMV driven by 37 year old Rana A. Tanveer from Live Oak California, lost control of the semi, jackknifed and crashed into a Union Pacific train trestle near milepost 14. An RV driven by 62 year old Breckenridge Colorado native Pamela Jane Herring, was eastbound and was unable to avoid the semi-trailer as it swung into the opposite lane as it crashed into the train trestle. Tanveer was not injured in the crash. Herring was trapped in the RV for over 2 hours before a coordinated effort was successful in extricating her from the vehicle. Herring was transported to the Riverbend Hospital for serious non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 58 was closed for over 3 hours as a result of the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, Eugene / Springfield Fire and Rescue, Goshen Fire, Dexter Fire, Union Pacific and NW Hazmat.

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Double Fatal Crash Investigation Continuing - Marion County (Photo) - 06/14/16

On June 13, 2016 at about 11:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck versus passenger vehicle on Highway 22 near milepost 20 (just east of Stayton).

A 1993 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it crossed over the centerline, striking an eastbound 2007 Peterbilt tractor towing a box trailer head-on. The driver of the Honda, Oscar TOPETE CARRILLO, age 48, of Stayton was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the Honda, Cecilia ROMERO ESTRADA, age 33, also of Stayton, was critically injured and transported by air ambulance to a local hospital. She died while in transit. The driver of the truck, James ERICKSON, age 48, of Crooked River Ranch, OR received minor injuries.

Highway 22 was closed for over six hours with a detour established on Old Mehama Road. OSP was assisted by Stayton Police, Stayton Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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***Person Of Interest Located*** Homicide Investigation Continuing In Klamath Falls - 06/09/16

Please refer to attached release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. The person of interest in this investigation has been located.
***End Release***

Previous Release:
The following release is on behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


"On Thursday, June 9, 2016, at approximately 5:50 a.m. 911 received a call that an individual had been shot in the 3000 block of Cannon Avenue. Upon arrival law enforcement discovered Kameron Kevin Stewart (DOB 9-8-1993) deceased. The Klamath County Major Crime has been activated and the investigation is ongoing.

The Major Crime Team has named Lisa Kay Kosten (DOB 11-23-63) as a person of interest and seeks help from the public to locate her. If located the public is requested to call 911.

Lisa Kay Kosten (DOB 11-23-63) is a white female approximately 5' 6" tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, she has blond hair and blue eyes. She is a resident of Klamath Falls....

Lisa Kay Kosten is believed to be driving a white 1996 Chevy 1500 Chevrolet pick-up truck, Oregon License Plate UVM 995.

If the public has information regarding this investigation they can call the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336 or they may leave anonymous information at the police department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, Klamath County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Klamath County District Attorney's Office."

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Motorhome Crashes Into Home Off Of Highway 101 - Tillamook County (Photo) - 06/08/16

On June 7, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a house off of Highway 101 near McCormick Loop in Tillamook.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1956 motorhome (30 feet in length) had been traveling southbound on Highway 101, when for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway. The motorhome traveled through a yard and into a house located at 3005 McCormick Loop Road.

A family of 5 was upstairs watching a movie when the crash occurred, stating it felt like an earthquake had occurred. One of the occupants of the home, an elderly woman was pinned under debris and was extricated. She only received minor injuries.

The driver of the motorhome, Jerry O BAHLES, age 41, of Welches, was extricated by fire personnel and taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for life threatening injuries.

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

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Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend After He Forces Way Into Her Residence - Josephine County - 06/07/16

On June 3, 2016 at approximately 9:15PM, OSP troopers responded to a report of shots fired at an address off Beebe Drive in rural Josephine County several miles outside the town of Cave Junction. Initial reports indicated that one individual had been shot who was still being held at gunpoint.

Upon arrival, troopers located an adult male identified as Mark JORDAN, age 55, of Cave Junction, with a gunshot wound to his upper leg. JORDAN was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed that JORDAN and his ex-girlfriend, a 56 year old female, reside near each other and had gotten into an altercation. JORDAN forced his way into the female's residence where she fired several rounds from a handgun, striking JORDAN once in the upper leg.

On June 6, 2016, JORDAN was arrested after being released for the hospital. He was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked for Burglary in the 1st degree. The investigation is still ongoing. More information will be released when available.

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Creswell Man Assaults Woman With Nail Gun, Then Turns It On Himself - Lane County (Photo) - 06/07/16

On June 1, 2016 at about 8PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a medical call on Highway 58 near milepost 21 (east of Lowell). The initial 911 call reported a male and female had attempted suicide and had nails sticking inside their heads.

Upon emergency crews arriving, they found an adult female and an adult male with multiple nails inside their heads. They were both transported to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of their injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed Eve PAGLIARO, age 31, of Eugene, and Troy V THOMPSON, age 46, of Creswell, had rented a nail gun with air compressor the day before in the Eugene area. They then drove to Goodman Creek Road east of Lowell on the day of the incident.

The investigation revealed THOMPSON shot PAGLIARO several times in the back of the head with the nail gun. After doing this, THOMPSON shot himself in the back of the head with the nail gun at least once. They were found by other persons who called 911.

PAGLIARO and THOMPSON were taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for life threatening injuries. Detectives from OSP's Major Crime Section began investigating the incident.

On June 6, 2016, THOMPSON was arrested by OSP immediately after he was released from the hospital. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Assault in the 1st degree. PAGLIARO is still in critical condition at Sacred Heart Riverbend.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Boise Woman Killed In Head-On Collision On Highway 20 - Harney County (Photo) - 06/07/16

On June 5, 2016 at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on crash involving a passenger vehicle and semi-truck on Highway 20 near milepost 156 (east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Freightliner towing a flatbed trailer was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when it attempted to pass a slower moving motorhome in a no passing area (double yellow line). While in the eastbound lane of travel, it encountered an oncoming 2005 Ford Focus. The driver of the focus swerved her vehicle towards the ditch to avoid striking the truck head-on. At the same time, the driver of the truck swerved towards the ditch. The vehicles collided head-on near the fogline of the highway.

The driver of the Ford, Sara E ALLISON, age 30, of Boise was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. A passenger in the vehicle, Matthew T ALLISON, age 27, also of Boise, was taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for life threatening injuries. The driver of the Freightliner, James W DECOU, age 32, of Roy, Utah, was transported to Harney County Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for several hours for investigation of the crash. This is an ongoing investigation with potential criminal charges being considered. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Woodburn Man Drowns In Willamette River - Marion County - 06/06/16

On June 5, 2016 at about 4:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a swimmer who had disappeared underwater and hadn't been seen for minutes at Mission State Park near Wheatland Ferry Boat Ramp.

Emergency crews arrived and attempted to locate the swimmer without immediate success. At about 9PM, a dive team located the deceased swimmer in the area he had disappeared.

Preliminary investigation revealed the swimmer Dagoberto NAVA CASTRO, age 36, from Woodburn had jumped off a dock, resurfaced but then disappeared. NAVA CASTRO was not wearing a flotation device and this area of the river has swift undercurrents.

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Woodburn Fire Water Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Dive Team, and the Marion County Medical Examiner's Office.

OSP Continuing Assault Investigation - Lane County - 06/02/16

On June 1, 2016 at approximately 8 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to Goodman Creek Road near Hwy 58 (milepost 24) for a report of a man and woman who both had serious head injuries. Both of the subjects, a 31 year old Eugene woman and a 46 year old Creswell man, were life flighted to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and are currently in the ICU.

OSP detectives responded and are continuing to investigate the incident. There is no indication anyone else is involved with the incident and there is no threat to the community. This is an ongoing active investigation.

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Fatal motorcycle crash on McKenzie Highway near Belknap Hot Springs (Photo) - 06/02/16

On June 1, 2016 at 3:55 PM the Oregon State Police- Springfield Troopers were dispatched to motorcycle versus SUV crash. While en route to the crash, troopers learned the operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed 2015 Yamaha was being driven by Mr. Brady A. Williams (age 18 from Eugene). Mr. Williams was traveling eastbound on McKenzie Highway (HWY 242) near milepost 56). Mr. Williams failed to negotiate a right-hand corner and crossed the center-line. Mr. Williams was ejected from the motorcycle and was struck by a westbound vehicle. The westbound vehicle was a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma was driven by Ms. Lori L. Fleischmann (age 35 from Portland). Ms. Fleischmann and her passenger were not injured.

The highway was closed for approximately five hours. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.

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