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Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation of Unlawful Elk Kill at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Refuge (Photo) - 10/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person responsible for the mid-September unlawful killing of a large bull elk on the Jewell Meadows Elk Refuge in Clatsop County. A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

On the morning of September 15, 2014, OSP was notified of a dead 6-pont bull elk at Jewell Meadows Elk Refuge. The elk appears to have been shot with an arrow during the hours of darkness late September 14 or early September 15. OSP Sergeant Joe Warwick said the suspect shot the elk from the area of Beneke Creek Road.

The reward of up to $1000 is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Clatsop County Chapter.

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

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Non-Injury Crash Involving Oversize Load Partially Blocking Highway 22E west of Mill City (Photo) - 10/01/14
Highway 22E three miles west of Mill City is partially blocked while workers try to clear a commercial truck crash in which a 70,000 pound cylindrical condenser rolled onto the highway.

According to Lieutenant Josh Brooks, on October 1, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a report of a commercial truck crash was received on Highway 22E near milepost 27. A commercial truck transporting a 70,000 pound condenser by Bigge Crane and Rigging Company was traveling downhill when the rear car started to swerve and lost control. The vehicle and load rolled onto its side, blocking the two westbound and center median.

Cranes and additional equipment are enroute to remove the vehicle and load. This is estimated to take 10 - 12 hours. OSP is on scene assisting ODOT with a plane for removal. Flaggers are keeping a lane open to help keep traffic moving through the area.

OSP investigation is continuing.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Superintendent Evans Announces Reassignments Including Next OSP Public Information Officer and Area Commander Positions - 09/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans announced several reassignments of personnel that will be effective October 1, 2014, for the following positions:

Public Information Officer
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer (PIO), is retiring effective December 1, 2014, following a 36-year OSP career. Hastings has served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

The PIO position will be filled by Lieutenant Joshua Brooks who will be assigned at OSP General Headquarters in Salem. Brooks, age 35, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. His OSP office assignments included John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

(More information will be shared with media regarding the PIO transition and contact information in the near future)

Salem Area Command Office
Tim Fox is promoted to Lieutenant at the Salem Area Command office following Lieutenant Brooks' reassignment to the Public Information Officer position. Fox, age 41, has worked for OSP for 19 years and previously was the Salem office's area commander from 2009 - 2013. Since joining OSP in October 1995, he has worked Patrol Services Division assignments in Coos Bay, Salem, Oregon State University, and Albany offices. He also served as the Department's SWAT commander for 7 years, and most recently worked in the Gaming Division in Salem.

Portland Area Command Office
Andrew McCool, age 43, is promoted to Lieutenant and takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the reassignment of Lieutenant Jon Harrington to oversee OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives for the Department's northwest region. McCool is promoted to Lieutenant from his patrol sergeant position at the Portland Area Command office. Since joining OSP in August 1999 assigned at the Heppner work site, he has worked in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division assignments at Bend, Government Camp and Portland.

Northwest Region Headquarters - Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
Lieutenant Jon Harrington is reassigned to oversee the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives following the reassignment of Lieutenant Steve Duvall to the Capitol Mall office. Harrington, age 42, joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties. In July 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant at the Portland Area Command office.

Capitol Mall Area Command Office
Lieutenant Steve Duvall is reassigned from the Northwest Region Headquarters to oversee OSP operations for the Capitol Mall office, replacing Lieutenant Terri Davie who is transferred to the Gaming Division at General Headquarters. Duvall, age 49, joined OSP in 1995 and has been assigned in Salem-area assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards.

McMinnville Area Command Office
Lieutenant Douglas Shugart takes over as the McMinnville Area Commander following the promotion of Eric Davenport to Captain in the Department's Office of Professional Standards. Shugart, age 43, is reassigned as the McMinnville Area Commander from his previous position in the Fish & Wildlife Division where he oversaw the division's operations for the northwest region. Shugart is returning to the McMinnville office where he started his career in 1998 as a patrol trooper. Since joining OSP, he has worked in Patrol and Fish & Wildlife division assignments at the McMinnville, Salem, and Capitol Mall offices.


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Update #2: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Shoreview Drive east of Cottage Grove in Lane County - 09/29/14
The investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) into the death of a 39-year old Eugene man continues following new information developed Monday by the Lane County Medical Examiner.

On September 27, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Lane County Sheriff's Office requested OSP's help with a report of a deceased body in the 35000 block of Shoreview Drive near Dorena Lake. OSP assumed the lead in the investigation that indicates a vehicle struck a 39-year old male and didn't remain at the scene. Initially, OSP believed the death was related to a hit-and-run driver and the deceased pedestrian was identified as REUBEN JAMES ORR, age 39, from Eugene. He was wearing dark clothing when found by emergency responders.

On September 28, OSP was contacted by an adult female who said she was driving in the area during the night and thought she ran over a deer lying on the road. The woman is fully cooperating with investigators and has provided investigators access to her vehicle. Her name is not being released at this time.

On September 29, the Lane County Medical Examiner examined the body. The Medical Examiner determined the man was lying on the roadway near the centerline, and was not standing up when struck by a vehicle. Toxicology test results for any relevant evidence that may help in this investigation is pending and could take several weeks to complete.

No other information for release at this time.

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Hillsboro Man Arrested After Slow Speed DUII-Involved Elude - Interstate 5 / Interstate 205 (Photo) - 09/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and West Linn Police Department, arrested a 24-year old Hillsboro man Sunday night for felony attempt to elude, DUII and other charges following several driving complaints on Interstate 5. The man's 5-year old son was found in the vehicle after spike strips were deployed and the vehicle stopped at the bottom of an exit ramp in West Linn.

On September 28, 2014 at approximately 10:27 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received multiple citizen driving complaints regarding a red 2001 Ford Focus northbound on Interstate 5 approaching Wilsonville. The vehicle reportedly was using multiple traffic lanes, nearly hit other vehicles, and struck construction zone barrels.

At approximately 10:40 p.m., an OSP senior trooper got in behind the Ford Focus and attempted to stop it northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 286. The driver failed to yield and continued northbound onto Interstate 205 at 50 - 60 mph as OSP was joined by Clackamas County deputies and West Linn police moving into strategic locations to assist with spike strip deployment.

At approximately 10:48 p.m., the vehicle took the northbound off-ramp at the 10th Street exit in West Linn where it ran over spike strips and stopped. Law enforcement officers took the car's driver, JESUS HERNANDEZ, age 24, from Hillsboro, into custody. When officers checked the car they found the driver's 5-year old son seated inside.

HERNANDEZ was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* DUII - Alcohol & Controlled Substances
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person

An OSP trooper drove the child to the OSP Portland Area Command office where he was released to a family member.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Update: Missing Georgia Woman Found Safe Near Crater Lake - 09/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) has made contact with a woman and confirmed she is safe in the Crater Lake area and in need of no assistance after she was reported missing to OSP early this morning. OSP thanks the media and those on social media who helped get the word out. Contact was made this morning about 10:00 a.m. via her cellphone.

On September 29, 2014, OSP was contacted by the husband of ANDRIA C. TERRELL, age 51, a traveling nurse currently working in Eugene. According to her husband in Georgia, she was enroute Sunday to Crater Lake in a rented blue 2014 Kia Forte displaying California license 7AXZ944.

Her cellphone activity showed the last known location was Sunday, September 28, about 1:00 p.m. in Douglas County near Canyonville. Her family and friends said they had not heard from her, which is very unusual, and they weren't able to contact her cellphone.

OSP troopers and Douglas County Sheriff's Office checked area roads. An attempt to locate was sent to other Oregon law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for her and the vehicle.

Photograph links removed.

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Correction to Latest Updates: Driver Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 between Bend & Redmond (Photo) - 09/27/14
Correction. The driver (FIX) is the victim's Stepfather, not father as originally listed. We apologize for the error.

Also, OSP is asking to speak with any witnesses to the driving of the involved white 1997 Chevrolet Suburban between Bend and the crash scene. Any witnesses with pertinent information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Messages will be forwarded to Trooper Gary Thompson for a return call. Thank you.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that has resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl, injuries to four other juvenile females, and the arrest of the vehicle's driver on Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. The names of the deceased victim and other injured girls are released in this update.

On September 26, 2014, at approximately 7:17 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle rollover crash involving a northbound vehicle. Upon arrival, Redmond Fire & Rescue and DCSO deputies confirmed one fatality and others injured. An air ambulance and ground ambulance were dispatched to the scene to transport injured persons to area hospitals.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by WILLIAM WAYNE FIX, age 32, from Redmond, was traveling northbound in a reckless manner when FIX lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a rock embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its side.

Passenger PHOENIX MARIE PRICE, age 7, from Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She is reportedly the driver's stepdaughter.

Three juvenile females, two age 14 and one age 10, were critically or seriously injured. NAOMI SPANSEL, age 14, and OLIVIA JEANES, age 10, both from Redmond, were critically injured and transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SPANSEL was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. JEANES was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The seriously injured girl, VALON FIX, age 14, from Redmond, was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.

A fourth girl, IZZABELLA ROBBINS, age 7, from Redmond, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with minor injuries.

WILLIAM FIX was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of his injuries. After he was released from the hospital, OSP took him into custody and lodged him in the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:

* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Assault in the Second Degree (3 counts)
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are leading the investigation. Safety restraint use by all occupants is pending confirmation. No other information to be released at this time.

The highway was fully closed until one lane was open for both directions about 9:00 p.m.

Scene photograph - Oregon State Police
FIX photograph - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

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Truck Fire - Interstate 84 east of The Dalles (Photo) - 09/27/14
A semi-trailer loaded with 42,000 lbs of apples destined for the east coast was heavily damaged Saturday after it caught fire along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about three miles east of The Dalles. The fire response closed the eastbound lanes for about an hour.

According to Trooper Matt Zistel, on September 27, 2014 at approximately 11:35 a.m., a commercial truck pulled to the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 90 after noting a problem with the semi-trailer. After stopping a fire started near one of the tires. The driver disconnected the truck from the trailer as the fire was spreading.

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to extinguish the fire along with OSP and ODOT. One lane was open for traffic about 12:40 p.m.

Intermittent lane closures were expected this afternoon while ODOT coordinates scene clearance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 20W / Highway 126 Junction on Santiam Pass - 09/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle crash that critically injured a 76-year old Junction City man on Highway 20W in the Santiam Pass area.

On September 25, 2014 at approximately 3:52 p.m., a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by CLIFFORD LEROY MURR, age 76, from Junction City, was eastbound on Highway 20W at the Highway 126 junction. For an unconfirmed reason, the pickup traveled off the highway approaching Highway 20. The pickup went airborne before crashing into lava rocks, entrapping the critically injured driver.

Emergency responders extricated MURR and he was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. According to the hospital, he is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Aaron Roth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in Umatilla County (Photo) - 09/26/14
Update - OSP confirmed the pickup driven by the deceased driver was stolen September 11 in Pendleton.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles east of Pendleton. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on September 25, 2014 at approximately 5:06 a.m., a Umatilla Tribal police officer drove upon an unreported single vehicle crash spotted in the darkness about 20 feet off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 223. The police officer confirmed there was an unresponsive adult male inside the extensively damaged 1990 Ford F250 pickup that was on its side at the base of a rock embankment.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the driver, GREG ALLEN WHITE, age 29, from Pendleton, was deceased. He was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. The actual time of the crash has not been determined. The westbound and eastbound lanes at this section of Interstate 84 are about a half mile apart. Senior Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator.

The left eastbound lane was closed at the scene during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Correction to Update: Driver Cited in Connection with September 19 Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 131 Between Netarts & Tillamook - 09/26/14
Correction to first sentenced to say "September 19"

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation into a September 19, 2014, fatal crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook led to the offending driver being cited for non-criminal offenses.

On September 25, 2014, OSP cited FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside for Careless Driving (Contributed to the Serious Injury or Death of a Vulnerable User of a Public Way) and violation Driving While Suspended. He was issued a date to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court. OSP conferred with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office prior to taking enforcement action. No criminal charges are pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by BOHANNON. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he died September 22. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are completing the investigation. Previously released details and links to a photograph are on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/09_22_2014_delayedfatal_bike_hwy131_mp5.aspx

Careless Driving when contributing to a traffic crash is a Class A traffic violation. According to ORS 811.135, if the court determines that the commission of the offense contributed to the serious injury or death of a vulnerable user of a public way, the court shall impose enhanced penalties. More information about those enhanced penalties at http://www.stc-law.com/pdf/Oregon%20Vulnerable%20User%20Law.pdf

OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx

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Driver Cited After Non-Injury Crash Involving Van and 2 Commercial Trucks - Highway 26 at Government Camp (Photo) - 09/25/14
Highway 26 is open in both directions following Thursday morning's non-injury traffic crash involving two commercial trucks and a van on Highway 26 at the east end of Government Camp Loop Road on Mt. Hood. The Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation resulted in a citation issued to one of the involved drivers.

On September 25, 2014 at approximately 6:26 a.m., a van driven by DEVIN JOHNSON, age 26, from Welches, was stopped on Government Camp Loop Road waiting to turn left (eastbound) onto Highway 26 as a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer was also stopped eastbound to turn left into the Government Camp rest area. As the van pulled into the westbound lane, it turned in front of a westbound commercial truck. The truck's driver swerved to the left clipping the front of the van and then slid broadside, colliding into the front of the east-facing stopped truck.

The collision blocked most of Highway 26 for over 3 hours before the road was cleared. The westbound lane and Government Camp Loop Road were used to move traffic around the scene.

OSP investigation resulted in JOHNSON being cited for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hoodland Fire District and ODOT.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Non-Injury School Bus Incident - Highway 222 north of Pleasant Hill (Photo) - 09/24/14
No one was injured Wednesday morning after a school bus loaded with children came to rest in a ditch along Highway 222 near Jasper Road north of Pleasant Hill.

On September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:44 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified that a school bus was involved in a crash on Highway 222 near Jasper Road. Local fire and medical responders arrived first and confirmed no one was injured. The children, ages 5 - 15 years, were students in the Pleasant Hill School District.

OSP investigation indicates the 67-year old male school bus driver pulled into a wide area and stopped the bus due to heavy traffic and a child jumping out of his seat. After stopping, the driver got out of his seat and then noticed the bus began to roll because the parking brake wasn't set. The driver quickly got back in his seat and brought the bus under control as it went off a steep ditch and came to rest.

The children were transported from the scene in another bus and no citations were issued.

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Correction: Death Investigation - Highway 101 Thomas Creek Bridge north of Brookings - 09/24/14
Correction: The vehicle was initially located by a Curry County deputy. An OSP trooper also responded to the scene following the report of the unoccupied vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into the death of a 50-year old Gold Beach man who was found at the base of Thomas Creek Bridge along Highway 101 about ten miles north of Brookings. Initial investigation indicates the deceased took his own life after jumping off the bridge.

On September 23, 2014 at 11:26 p.m., a Curry County Sheriff's Office deputy and OSP trooper found an unoccupied vehicle at the south end of Thomas Creek Bridge with a note indicating a person wished to intentionally end their life. On September 24 at 8:30 a.m., with the assistance of Curry County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, deputies and Coos Curry Electric Company, the body of ANDREW GRAINGER, age 50, from Gold Beach, was found and recovered at the base of the 345-foot high bridge.

Help is available in Curry County for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Curry County Mental Health Program has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling (877) 519-9322 or Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at (541) 247-4082 extension "0". If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please call the crisis line.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo) - 09/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's multi-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. Additional names are released in this update. OSP is asking to hear from any witnesses to the initial northbound collision between the pickup and a tanker trailer prior to the pickup departing the northbound lanes and crossing the freeway center median. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 375-3555.

Updated information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup driven by MICHAEL LIPPMAN, age 53, from SE Salem, was northbound in heavy rain conditions when it collided into the left side of a tanker trailer. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door with two occupants. Two other southbound vehicles, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup and a 1997 Toyota pickup, were involved in the collision.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54, from SW Portland. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the Nissan, CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from SW Portland, was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She is also an employee of the Oregon State Hospital and is in critical condition.

LIPPMANN was also transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Two males in the Toyota pickup were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Their names are not available at this time.

A second minor collision involving two other vehicles occurred north of the initial crash scene that was unrelated to the fatal crash.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo) - 09/24/14
UPDATE: Initially, information from the scene said this was a double fatal crash. At this time, one person is confirmed deceased. The second person is in critical condition.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's multi-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. The victim's name is released in this update. Other names anticipated for release later today.

Preliminary information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a small pickup traveling northbound in heavy rain conditions collided with a commercial vehicle. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a small passenger car driven by an adult male. Two other southbound vehicles were involved in the collision.

The male driver of the first southbound vehicle, a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door, involved in the head-on crash was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the car was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The involved pickup's driver was also transported to Salem Hospital with unknown injuries.

Two other people in another vehicle were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Investigation Continues into Grants Pass Officer-Involved Shooting; Deceased Man Identified - 09/23/14
Members of the Josephine County Major Crime Team, led by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, are continuing the investigation into the death of a 29-year old Grants Pass man early Monday during a standoff with officers from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS). The following is an update with information authorized for released by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 9:38 p.m., GPDPS officers responded to 171 Blossom Drive in Grants Pass following the report of an identified individual armed with a handgun who menaced at least one person at the residence. The original report stated that the suspect, DANIEL DIAZ, age 29, who lived at 144 Blossom Drive, armed with a firearm fired at least one round.

Officers and SWAT team members from GPDPS responded to the scene and tried several times to call out DIAZ from inside the single story residence where he was spotted holding what was believed to be a handgun. Officers tried numerous times using a PA system to encourage DIAZ to surrender peacefully without injury to him or officers. A GPDPS sergeant also briefly spoke with DIAZ on the phone but he hang up during the conversation.

During the standoff, shots were exchanged between DIAZ and GPDPS officers. SWAT officers also fired several chemical munitions into the residence to get DIAZ to surrender without further incident. Some area residents may have mistaken the use of chemical munitions as coming from firearms.

About 5 hours after the initial report of the menacing call, officers gained entrance inside the residence and they found DIAZ deceased from at least one gunshot wound. No officers were reported injured.

Per direction of the District Attorney, OSP was designated the lead investigating agency. The OSP Forensic Services Division came to the scene to process for evidence.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of the death. DIAZ is a known felon who also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest on a charge of Menacing.

Three GPDPS officers were placed on paid leave per their department's policy pending the ongoing investigation. Their names are not being released at this time.

The Josephine County Major Crime Team consists of members from OSP, GPDPS, and Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

No photographs for release.

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Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99E Between Oregon City and Canby (Photo) - 09/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 99E about three miles south of Oregon City. Three people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:15 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver, GLENN PAUL LAUINGER, age 63, from Canby, pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane. GLENN LAUINGER was outside the pickup when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by ZANE E. UTLEY, age 42, from Canby, struck the rear of the pickup. GLENN LAUINGER was struck and knocked to the ground. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the southbound lanes and part of the left northbound lane.

GLENN LAUINGER was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He died after arrival. The female passenger in the pickup, whose name is not available at this time, was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries.

UTLEY was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries. He was treated and released Monday.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Canby Police & Fire departments, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT personnel, Clackamas County Incident Response and ODOT. One northbound lane was open and a detour in place for southbound traffic until all lanes were opened.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Driver Dies Following Serious Injury Crash - Highway 99E south of Oregon City (Photo) - 09/22/14
Update: OSP was notified that the 63-year old male driver of the pickup died after being transported by LifeFlight to OHSU. Names will be released Tuesday.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 99E about three miles south of Oregon City. Three people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:00 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane. The 63-year old male driver was outside the pickup when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by an adult male struck the rear of the pickup. The pickup's driver was struck and the vehicle's came to rest blocking both southbound lanes and part of the left northbound lane.

The pickup's driver was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He died after arrival. The female passenger in the pickup was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries.

The Honda's male driver was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Canby Police & Fire departments, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT personnel, Clackamas County Incident Response and ODOT. One northbound lane was open and a detour in place for southbound traffic until all lanes were opened.

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Update: Driving Complaints, Short Attempt to Elude Leads to Driver's Arrest on Interstate 5 near Salem - 09/22/14
Update: OSP is still in contact with the driver and continuing an investigation. No more information for release tonight. An update may be sent Tuesday.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation related to the arrest of an adult male following several citizens' reckless driving complaints on a vehicle southbound on Interstate 5 between Woodburn and Salem.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:21 p.m., the first of several citizen driving complaints were received to OSP Northern Command Center dispatch of a black Ford Expedition with Arizona license plates speeding and passing other vehicles on both shoulders southbound Interstate 5 from Woodburn. An OSP lieutenant spotted the rental vehicle about ten minutes later southbound in the Salem area and attempted to stop it but the driver failed to yield for a short distance as it continued passing vehicles on the shoulder.

At approximately 2:33 p.m., the vehicle stopped near milepost 2:43. As the driver got outside, he was acting erratically and for precautionary reasons the southbound lanes were blocked for about ten minutes until he was taken into custody with the assistance of back up troopers.

The 30-year old male driver is in custody for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. His name will be released later after OSP conducts the follow up investigation.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update #2: Fatality Confirmed Following Sept 19 Bicycle-Involved Crash - Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook (Photo) - 09/22/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook. OSP was notified this morning that the bicyclist died from injuries sustained in the crash early Monday morning at a Portland-area hospital. An enforcement decision is pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he was in critical condition. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed KUNSMAN died September 22 at 12:59 a.m. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

According to the lead investigating trooper, the highway where the crash occurred in a curve has two traffic lanes, one westbound and one eastbound, and there is no paved shoulder on the westbound side.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Aaron Butcher is the lead investigator. The highway was closed several hours for incident response and collision reconstruction.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Netarts-Oceanside Fire District, Tillamook Fire District, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx.

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Update: Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Roseburg in Douglas County - 09/22/14
Update: OSP learned operator HENSON went to the hospital later and is now listed in serious condition.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's motorcycle-involved traffic crash on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg that resulted in the death of a female adult passenger and injuries to two adult male operators. The female passenger died after arrival at a Roseburg-area hospital.

On September 21, 2014 at approximately 6:35 p.m., a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by KEVIN R. WILTROUT, age 32, from Phoenix, Oregon, was traveling down the on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 at exit 119 followed by another 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle. For an undetermined reason the first motorcyclist lost control and struck a fog marker. The motorcycle went down onto its side and slid across both southbound lanes where the motorcycle and both occupants struck the center concrete divider.

The second motorcycle operated by CODY L. HENSON, age 33, from Talent, lost control and crashed near the center divider.

WILTROUT and his passenger, STACEY ANN NELSON, age 39, from Central Point, were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. NELSON died from her injuries after arrival. WILTROUT's injuries were non-life threatening.

HENSON went to the same hospital later is now listed in serious condition.

All three were wearing protective helmets.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Mike Tabor is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District #2, and ODOT. Two Medford police officers traveling south came upon the scene first and started emergency medical care.

Southbound lanes were partially closed for several hours during the incident response and scene investigation.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Photos - Truck Fire - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo) - 09/21/14
The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about seven miles east of Pendleton were closed Sunday afternoon while firefighters worked to extinguish a commercial truck and trailer fire. One westbound lane is now open and traffic updates are available at TripCheck.com.

According to Trooper John Juzeler, on September 21, 2014 at approximately 3:35 p.m., a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer transported frozen chicken was westbound coming off Cabbage Hill on Interstate 84 near milepost 216 when the driver noticed the brakes smoking and on fire. After pulling onto the right shoulder near the base of a freeway onramp, the driver and passenger unsuccessfully tried to put the fire out as it began to spread in the vehicles and the grass median. According to a witness, the vehicles became fully engulfed and diesel tanks exploded.

Umatilla Tribal Fire Department personnel responded to the scene along with ODOT.

The fire caused extensive damage and the westbound lanes and on-ramp were closed. At approximately 4:30 p.m., one westbound lane was open to traffic. ODOT was on scene to coordinates vehicle removal which may occurred Monday morning.

The company, estimated load weight, and driver's name are not available.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Initial Investigation by OSP & ODFW Doesn't Substantiate Reported Bear Attack Near Central Point - 09/21/14
A reported bear attack Saturday night on a 57-year old man near Central Point is unsubstantiated based upon an initial response and investigation by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and Oregon State Police (OSP).

On September 20, 2014 at approximately 9:37 p.m., Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) received a 9-1-1 call from a 57-year old man reporting he saw two cub bears outside his residence on Grant Road near Central Point. While outside, he claimed he was attacked by a large sow protecting the cubs. The man was transported to a local hospital in Medford before an OSP trooper and Jackson County SO deputy were able to arrive to investigate the report and interview the man.

The man was later contacted at the hospital and a statement obtained. An OSP Fish & Wildlife Division lieutenant and ODFW biologist believe, based upon the information received at this time and their follow up response to the man's property, that there was not enough conclusive evidence to substantiate the man's claims. There are no independent witnesses to the reported incident.

ODFW has tips on their website regarding bears at:

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/black_bears.asp

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of California Man, Seizure of 20 lbs of Marijuana - Highway 395 north of Lakeview (Photo) - 09/20/14
A California man was arrested Friday afternoon during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop north of Lakeview when an OSP trooper found approximately 20 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 2:13 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Ford Expedition displaying Minnesota license plates for failure to maintain a lane of travel at Highway 395 at the Highway 140E junction. The driver was identified during the stop as NICHOLAS K. SIMMONS, age 23, from Forest Ranch, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 20 pounds of marijuana in suitcases inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $50,000.

SIMMONS was taken into custody and lodged in the Lake County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Lake County Sheriff's Office and Lakeview Police Department.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo) - 09/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W west of Veneta. OSP worked with the Lane County Medical Examiner and confirmed the victim is identified as LANCE MATTHEW HOSE, age 49, from Eugene.

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

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

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

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown.

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

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update #2: Name Released - Death Investigation - Truax Island east of Corvallis in Linn County - 09/19/14
The victim is identified as KATHERINE YEHLE DAVIDSON, age 28. DAVIDSON most recently lived in the Albany area. An autopsy was done Thursday by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office but the manner and cause of death is undetermined at this time. Toxicology test results are pending to assist in determination of the cause of her death. There is no evidence at this time to indicate her death was the result of a crime.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Truax Island in the Willamette River Greenway off Riverside Drive north of Highway 34 and confirmed a report of a deceased body. Investigators assigned to the interagency Linn County Major Crime Team were activated along with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, Linn County Medical Examiner, and OSP Forensic Services Division responded to the scene to initiate the investigation.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of investigators from OSP, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

Her family members have requested no media contact.

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Update: Photos - Five Injured, One Seriously, in Four Vehicle Crash - Highway 11 north of Pendleton (Photo) - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's four-vehicle traffic crash that injured five people, one seriously, on Highway 11 north of Pendleton.

On September 18, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., a 2010 Buick Enclave driven by KARI R. WILSON, age 51, from Helix, was northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 4 when it traveled into the southbound lane and struck the left side of a 1997 Ford F350 pickup driven by KLAUSE HOEHNA, age 61, from Weston. The initial impact caused the Ford pickup to go off the highway and roll at least once.

The Buick continued northbound and collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Honda Civic driven by HENRY BECERRIL, age 24, from Milton-Freewater. The Buick then collided nearly head-on with another southbound vehicle, a 2009 Mini Cooper driven by RAUL MARROQUIN JR, age 36, from Walla Walla, Washington. The Buick came to rest on the Mini Cooper's hood off the side of the highway.

WILSON and a 7-year old child passenger were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries.

HOEHNA was also transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries.

BECERRIL was transported by LifeFlight to Providence St. Mary Medical Center and then transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland with serious injuries.

MARROQUIN was transported by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center with minor injuries.

All occupants were using appropriate safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton and Hermiston offices responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash. Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Pendleton Ambulance, Umatilla Tribal Ambulance, LifeFlight and ODOT.

Highway 11 was closed at the scene for over four hours.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update:vDeath Investigation - Truax Island east of Corvallis in Linn County - 09/18/14
UPDATE: The victim is identified as a 28-year old female. Her name may be released tomorrow after confirmation with investigators and medical examiner. An autopsy was done Thursday but the manner and cause of death is undetermined at this time. No other information to be released.

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Members of the Linn County Major Crime Team are conducting a death investigation following the discovery Wednesday afternoon of a deceased body in the vicinity of Truax Island east of Corvallis.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Truax Island in the Willamette River Greenway off Riverside Drive north of Highway 34 and confirmed a report of a deceased body. Investigators assigned to the interagency Linn County Major Crime Team were activated along with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, Linn County Medical Examiner, and OSP Forensic Services Division responded to the scene to initiate the investigation.

Investigators will be in the area during the night and may be contacting some local residents as part of the investigation. The deceased's sex is not being released at this time and identity is pending confirmation. No other details will be released tonight. An update is anticipated Thursday following the initial investigation at the scene.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of investigators from OSP, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

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Update: Injury Truck Crash - Highway 38 on Scottsburg Bridge east of Reedsport (Photo) - 09/18/14
Update: The driver was identified as BRIAN J. NEELEY, age 54, from Sheridan. NEELEY was cited by OSP for Careless Driving and Fail to Drive Within Lane.

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Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge near milepost 16 is now open to one lane following a traffic crash involving a commercial truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber products. The truck and trailer was hanging over the bridge railing above the river and an estimated hundred gallons of diesel had leaked into the river.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on September 18, 2014, at approximately 8:20 a.m., a 1994 Peterbilt truck pulling a flatbed semi-trailer loaded with lumber products driven by NEELEY was eastbound on Highway 38 near milepost 16. As the truck was negotiating a left curve it struck the guardrail and went onto the bridge railing. The lumber products spilled off the trailer as it went over the railing. The truck and trailer were partially hanging off the bridge over the Umpqua River.

NEELEY was taken by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital with minor injuries.

Oregon State Police (OSP), Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Scottsburg Fire Department, US Coast Guard and local emergency responders are working together at the scene. Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) was notified and a HazMat team was contacted to respond and handle the diesel spill.

The highway was expected to be blocked for several hours. ODOT was dispatching a bridge inspector to the scene to check for damage.

Traffic updates being provided by ODOT and also posted by ODOT on Twitter and TripCheck.com.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Former Oregon State University Employee Arrested Following OSP Investigation Into Selling of University-Owned Mobile Phones & Devices (Photo) - 09/18/14
A former Oregon State University (OSU) employee turned herself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) Thursday after warrants were issued following an indictment related to selling university-owned cellphones during her employment.

On September 18, 2014, former OSU employee CHRISTINA MARIE ADAMS, age 49, from Eugene, turned herself in to OSP at the Springfield Area Command office after being notified of outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for her arrest. ADAMS was arrested and lodged at the Benton County Jail on charges of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Official Misconduct in the First Degree.

The OSP Major Crimes Section conducted the investigation, confirming ADAMS sold 388 university-owned cellular phone and mobile devices to a purchasing and recycling agent during her employment as an IT support staff member. The alleged unlawful activity occurred during her employment from 2008 until discovered in 2013. The amount of the transactions totaled $14,465.

University officials placed Adams on administrative leave and shortly after terminated her employment. OSU requested OSP conduct a criminal investigation for potential charges.

Working in conjunction with the Benton County District Attorney's Office, ADAMS was indicted for a felony charge of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and a misdemeanor charge of Official Misconduct in the First Degree.

OSP Detective Michael Berland was the lead investigator.

Questions regarding this case should be referred to the Benton County District Attorney's Office. Questions for OSU should be referred to Steve Clark, Vice President of University Relations and Marketing.

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Cattle Crossing Highway Help OSP Trooper Find Missing, Elderly Eugene Man in Burns - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the unexpected help of a group of cattle crossing Highway 20 in Burns, found a missing, elderly 87-year old Eugene man early Thursday afternoon.

According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on September 18, 2014 at approximately 12:14 p.m., WARREN "SPUD" TUCKER, age 87, was spotted in his 2006 Ford Focus by OSP Senior Trooper Tim Thomas in Burns while traffic was stopped on Highway 20 for cattle crossing the road. OSP was on the look out for TUCKER after being notified of an attempt to locate for his vehicle that reportedly left Bend this morning, possibly headed toward Burns.

Eugene Police Department said TUCKER left his residence on September 17 about 9:00 a.m.. He was reported missing by his daughter who said he suffers from a medical condition, increasing the concern for his well-being.

After finding TUCKER, OSP contacted Harney District Hospital in Burns and hospital staff enthusiastically agreed to have him come there until his family could arrive and be re-united with him. He was in good condition and OSP secured his vehicle at a secondary location until it can also be retrieved by his family.

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Update: Driver Confirmed - Fatal Traffic Crash - Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W in Lane County (Photo) - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County. The ongoing investigation confirmed the deceased victim, CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL, was driving the vehicle.

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

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

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

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

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

Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin is the lead investigator. Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collison reconstructionist.

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OSP Civilian Employee Resigns, Arraigned on Criminal Charges in Marion County Circuit Court - 09/18/14
A former fleet manager for the Oregon State Police (OSP) resigned Friday, September 12, 2014, following the filing of criminal charges related to an allegation reported to the OSP Office of Professional Standards.

On July 31, 2014, OSP placed Michael James Halverson on paid administrative leave and initiated a criminal investigation after receiving information alleging he had exposed himself to another employee. The investigation also determined Halverson had sexually explicit images on his Department-issued cellphone.

After the investigation was completed and provided to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, criminal charges of Public Indecency and Official Misconduct in the First Degree were filed in Marion County Circuit Court. Halverson was placed on unpaid leave status September 11 and resigned the next day.

Halverson, age 49, was a civilian employee with OSP for ten years.

On September 18 at 9:30 a.m., Halverson had an out-of-custody appearance for an initial arraignment on both charges in Marion County Circuit Court. According to the Marion County District Attorney's Office, a future court date appearance is scheduled.

Questions regarding the case should be directed to Deputy District Attorney Bryan Orrio.

A photograph is not available for this release.

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DUII Driver Arrested After Driving Into Trask River at Carnahan Park in Tillamook (Photo) - 09/18/14
A Tillamook man was arrested for DUII Wednesday night after driving his car into the Trask River at Carnahan Park in Tillamook. The man was able to get out of his vehicle and was helped back to shore by Tillamook fire personnel who were training at the park.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 8:19 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) and Tillamook Police Department (TPD) were notified that a vehicle drove down the boat ramp into the Trask River at Carnahan Park. Tillamook Fire District personnel were at the park training when the incident occurred and helped the driver to shore from his submerged 2000 Nissan Maxima.

The driver, JUAN JOSE GARCIA, age 34, from Tillamook, was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center for a medical checkup. Upon release from the hospital, an OSP trooper arrested GARCIA for DUII and lodged him in the Tillamook County Jail.

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114 MPH DUII Driver Facing Charges Following OSP Traffic Stop - Interstate 5 near Tualatin - 09/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 29-year old Tualatin man Wednesday night following a traffic stop for numerous hazardous violations while traveling 114 MPH southbound on Interstate 5 north of Tualatin.

On September 17, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., an OSP trooper recorded a speed reading of 114 MPH on a 1998 Porsche Boxster as it passed other traffic southbound on Interstate 5 at Highway 217. The trooper also observed the vehicle make abrupt, dangerous lane changes and following other vehicles too closely until he was able to get it stopped near Tualatin.

The driver was identified as ANTHONY MICHAEL BALLAS, age 29, from Tualatin. Subsequent investigation led the trooper to arrest BALLAS for DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Following completion of initial investigation, BALLAS was cited to appear in Washington County Circuit Court and released to a responsible party.

No photographs available for this release.

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

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

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

OSP Portland Area Command office is completing the investigation.

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

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

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

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

Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541) 727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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

No photographs for this release.

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

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

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

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

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

No photographs available for this release.

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

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

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

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

No photographs available for this release.

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

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

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

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

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

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

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

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

No photographs provided for this release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following related information is being released in this update:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Nugent at (541)727-8055, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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

No photographs provided for this release.

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

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

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

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

DANA FERGUSON

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

SEAN FERGUSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No photographs available for this release.

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

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

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

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

Photograph - Deschutes County Jail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No photographs available for this release.

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No photographs or other information available for this release.

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

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

Reminders for travelers in the Eugene/Springfield area include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coos Bay police officer was not injured.

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

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

No photographs available for release at this time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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