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Death Investigation - Clear Lake east of Mt Hood in Wasco County - 10/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Wasco County Medical Examiner, are investigating the death of a 58-year old Yuma, Arizona man found deceased Wednesday evening from an apparent suicide about four miles south of Highway 26 near Clear Lake in Wasco County.

On October 9, 2014, Yuma County Sheriff's officials received a report of a missing person identified as JEFFREY A. McKEON, age 58. Unknown to OSP, McKEON indicated to family members he was traveling to the Portland area.

On October 29, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., an OSP trooper working in the area of Highway 26 near Frog Lake was contacted by a passing motorist who reported a pickup parked in a remote area near Clear Lake that appeared to have a deceased male inside. The trooper responded to the location and determined the man was deceased. Subsequent investigation and consultation with the Wasco County Medical Examiner indicated the man, positively identified as McKEON, took his own life. Next of kin were notified.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

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

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Superintendent Evans Announces Appointment of Lang Hinkle as Next OSP Springfield Area Commander (Photo) - 10/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. announced the appointment of a new area commander at the OSP Springfield Area Command office. Effective November 1, 2014, Lang Hinkle is promoted to Lieutenant following the promotion of Robert Edwards to Captain in charge of overseeing OSP Southwest Region operations.

Lieutenant Hinkle, age 54, joined OSP in 1988 and has spent the duration of his career in the Lane County area assigned to the Patrol Services Division. Hinkle was initially assigned at the Oakridge work site office until November 1995 when he was promoted to sergeant at the Springfield office. In July 2001, he was assigned to supervise OSP operations back at the Oakridge office where he worked the next 13 years. In 2011 he was promoted to Master Sergeant, the only individual on OSP currently holding that sergeant rank, until this promotion as the Area Commander at the Springfield office.

The mission of the Oregon State Police is to develop, promote, and maintain protection of people, property, and natural resources of the State, and to enhance the safety and livability by serving and protecting its citizens and visitors through leadership, action, and coordination of Oregon's public safety resources.

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Serious Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 35 north of Highway 26 - 10/29/14
One person received serious injury Tuesday evening when he lost control of the commercial truck he was driving and rolled off Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows north of Highway 26.

On October 28, 2014 at approximately 6:16 p.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a trailed loaded with apples driven by PARITPAL SINGH, age 41, from California, was southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 64 negotiating a right curve when it rolled onto its left side and slid off the northbound shoulder where truck and trailer came to rest.

SINGH was seriously injured and trapped inside the truck and extricated by emergency responders. A male co-driver/passenger was in the truck's sleeper berth and not injured.

Local fire personnel, AMR ambulance, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to the scene. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator.

SINGH was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The overturned truck and trailer were to remain overnight until a tow company could upright both and remove them from the scene. There was no report of the load being spilled.

No photographs available for this release.

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Minor Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 211 near Colton in Clackamas County (Photo) - 10/29/14
One person was injured following a minor injury crash Tuesday involving a commercial truck and passenger car on Highway 211 near Colton. The involved truck traveled off the highway and came to rest near a creek where approximately 190 gallons of diesel spilled into a creek.

According to Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe, on October 28, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a commercial chip truck driven by DAVID C. TUCKER, age 50, from Eagle Creek, was approaching the rear of a car behind a slower moving vehicle southbound on a straight stretch of Highway 211 near milepost 19. The chip truck moved into the northbound lane to pass the car and slow moving vehicle when the car, driven by MARLENE MUHS, age 50, from Silverton, also attempted to pass. As the car moved toward the northbound lane it collided into the side of the chip truck and then swerved back to the right where it came to stop on the southbound shoulder.

TUCKER steered left where the chip truck drove off the roadway onto the shoulder where it traveled down the length of a drainage ditch. The truck came to an abrupt stop against a concrete culvert structure. The truck's fuel tanks ruptured, spilling approximately 190 gallons of diesel fuel into a creek.

Emergency responders from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Colton Fire District, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, ODOT and a HazMat team came to the scene. HazMat and fire personnel worked to contain the diesel spill.

TUCKER was transported by ambulance with minor injuries to Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. He was treated and released.

MUHS was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office conducted the investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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One Year Later: OSP Continues to Ask For Public's Help to Find Driver & Vehicle Involved in Double Fatal Hit & Run Deaths near Cave Junction - 10/29/14
One year later, Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to ask for the public's help to locate the vehicle and driver involved in the death of two men on October 30, 2013, who were reportedly struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 about two miles south of Cave Junction in Josephine County.

According to Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on October 30, 2013 at approximately 12:15 a.m., a report was received that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30 south of Cave Junction. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed two males were deceased and the involved vehicle and driver was not at the scene. The victims were identified as JARRED QUINN HOUSTON, age 21, from Cave Junction, and ROBERT ROB CALVIN, age 41, from Cave Junction.

The men were reportedly involved in a dispute that turned physical in the southbound lane of travel where they were struck by the suspect vehicle that left the scene southbound without stopping.

The suspect vehicle was described as light colored, possibly beige or tan, 1980's style single cab Toyota pickup with matching color canopy and front end damage.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Services Division have invested hundreds of hours into the ongoing investigation. OSP detectives from the Central Point Area Command office are leading the investigation.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered through the Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon program for information that leads to an arrest and the filing of charges http://bit.ly/1yGJKns. In addition, the families were offering a reward of up to $5,000 to help solve this case.

Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

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Update: Missing Woman Found Safe in Lincoln Beach in Lincoln County - 10/29/14
UPDATE: Missing woman found safe in Lincoln Beach and is no longer missing. Thank you for your interest.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and Lincoln County area emergency responders, are asking for the public's help to locate a missing 33-year old woman last seen Tuesday night in Lincoln Beach, a small community north of Depoe Bay.

ELIZABETH (Betsy) ANNE GARNER, age 33, was reportedly last seen October 28, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Fishing Rock State Park in Lincoln Beach where she was dropped off by a co-worker. She is presently living in the Gleneden Beach area.

GARNER is described as a white female, 5'11" tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a gray jacket over a blue shirt, black pants, and may or may not have shoes on.

OSP was notified on October 29 at approximately 12:13 a.m. A search was started involving OSP troopers and detectives, Gleneden Beach Fire District, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies and Search & Rescue personnel, and Lincoln City Police Department. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was scheduled to join the area search at daylight.

Anyone with information regarding the location of GARNER is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.

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Carve Your Pumpkin? Pick Your Costume? Trick-or-Treat? Drink-or-Drive? Keep Halloween Fun, Not Tragic (Photo) - 10/28/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night. Nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours.

According to NHTSA, almost half of all crash fatalities in 2012 on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. In Oregon, ODOT Fatality Analysis Reporting Section (FARS) reports a more frightening statistic with 90 percent of all fatalities (10) on Halloween night between 1998 and 2008 occurring in alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. During the last two years on Halloween night, ODOT FARS reports 3 Halloween night traffic fatalities.

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as any other day of the year. With Halloween falling on a Friday night there is extra concern. ODOT, OSP and local law agencies urge everyone to 'See and Be Seen' and remember these friendly safety reminders:

Motorists

* Use caution while behind the wheel.
- Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Expect bicyclists. Expect pedestrians.

* Drive sober or get pulled over.
- Before the Halloween parties begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
- Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to "have a few". Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
- Use your community's sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

* Watch out for your family, friends, and neighbors.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Pedestrian & Bicyclists

* Don't assume a driver can see you. See and be seen.
* Walking or bicycling impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
* Designate a sober friend to walk or accompany you home.

* Keep kids safe.
- Children out at night should have adult supervision.
- Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.

* Important reminders for pedestrians.
- Walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic, when sidewalks are not available.
- When walking, pay attention to traffic, not your cell phone.
- Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

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

Halloween image - NHTSA

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 68 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Two Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Medford (Photo) - 10/28/14
An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Saturday morning near Medford led to the arrest of two Washington men after the trooper discovered approximately 68 pounds of marijuana in their rented vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 12:53 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata displaying California license plates for a speeding violation on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 29. The trooper identified the two occupants as driver MICHAEL EDWARD GREEN, age 46, and passenger SHAUN BOOTH, age 41, both from Buckley, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 68 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. In addition, approximately 10 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms was also found. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.

Both men was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana Photo - Oregon State Police
Green & Booth Photos - Jackson County Jail

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Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 at Hayes Hill in Josephine County (Photo) - 10/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's two-vehicle injury crash that occurred on Highway 199 at Hayes Hill near Wonder in Josephine County. Two people were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

On October 27, 2014 at approximately 4:49 p.m., a 1980 Ford pickup driven by RODGER C. KELM, age 58, from White City, was southbound on Highway 199 near milepost 15 when his pickup became disabled causing KELM to pull to the shoulder. The Ford pickup was parked with emergency flashers activated and the left side wheels about two feet into the right southbound lane.

According to witnesses, approaching southbound traffic was able to move to the left lane to get past the stopped Ford pickup. An approaching 1999 Dodge pickup driven by FRANK B. ROSSI JR, age 43, from Selma, failed to move to the left and crashed into the left rear of the stopped Ford pickup. Both vehicles came to rest in the right southbound lane and shoulder.

FRANK ROSSI was not using safety restraints and was extricated by fire personnel from Rural/Metro Fire and Illinois Valley Fire District. Female passenger, RAEVIN ROSSI, age 17, was using safety restraints. Both were transported by AMR ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

KELM refused medical transport from the scene.

Initial investigation led OSP to cite KELM for No Operators License and Driving Uninsured. A decision on other enforcement action for the Dodge pickup's driver is pending further investigation. Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

In addition to fire and medical personnel, OSP was assisted at the scene by Josephine County Sheriff's Office and ODOT. Traffic was diverted past the scene using available traffic lanes for about 2 hours.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Wanted Felon, Seizure of 3/4 Ounce of Methamphetamine - Highway 97 north of Terrebonne - 10/27/14
A Bend man was also arrested Monday morning during a traffic stop north of Terrebonne when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper found he was wanted on a felony warrant and also seized approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

On October 27, 2014 at approximately 6:21 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Volkswagen Jetta displaying Oregon license plates on Highway 97 near SW Norris Lane north of Terrebonne for failure to driver with a lane. During the traffic stop the trooper identified the driver as THOMAS VAN HOOSE, age 39, from Bend, and learned he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant for Absconding Parole.

VAN HOOSE was arrested for misdemeanor Driving While Suspended and on the warrant. A drug detection canine from Warm Springs Police Department responded to the scene. A subsequent search found approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine on VAN HOOSE and concealed inside the vehicle.

VAN HOOSE was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for the felony warrant, misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, and Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Driver Arrested After Alcohol-Involved Injury Crash - Highway 395 north of Hermiston (Photo) - 10/27/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 20-year old Umatilla man Sunday night following a three-vehicle minor injury crash on Highway 395 north of Hermiston.

On October 26, 2014 at approximately 8:15 p.m., a Mazda RX8 driven by LORENSO ESPAIN RAFAEL, age 20, from Umatilla, was southbound on Highway 395 near Baggett Lane at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the back of a southbound Honda Accord driven by MARIA CRISPIN MATEO, age 68, from Irrigon. The impact forced the Honda across the northbound lanes, off the highway and through a chain link fence. The Mazda spun across the northbound lanes and also collided into the passenger side of a northbound Dodge Durango driven by ZACHARY WILSON, age 31, from Umatilla.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to arrest ESPAIN RAFAEL on the following charges:

* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (9 counts)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

He was also cited for No Operators License and Driving Uninsured. His vehicle was also occupied by and adult female and three children. One of the passengers was transported to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston with minor injury.

In addition to the driver, the Honda had another adult female and two child passengers.

No scene photographs available for this release.

Espain Rafael Photograph - Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

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Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 47 south of Vernonia (Photo) - 10/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's teen-driver involved injury crash that occurred along Highway 47 about six miles south of Vernonia. The pickup contained 7 teenagers, of which three received injuries including the 16-year old driver.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 1997 Ford F250 extended cab pickup driven by KASSIDY FETCH, age 16, from Vernonia, was southbound on Highway 47 near milepost 68 negotiating a curve when FETCH lost control. She over-corrected and drove into a ditch where the passenger side crashed into a large tree.

FETCH and the right rear seat passenger were transported by ambulance to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A third passenger was lying across the laps of three rear seated passengers and was taken by a family member to an area hospital with minor injuries. The other four passengers were not injured and were picked up at the scene by family members. Six of the 7 occupants were age 16 and the other was 17 years of age. All are from the Vernonia area.

FETCH and three passengers were using safety restraints. Three other passengers were not using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local fire and law enforcement responders. Trooper Patrick Peltier is the lead investigator. An enforcement decision is pending.

This crash occurred at the conclusion of national Teen Driver Safety Week. During the "5 to Drive" national campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, law enforcement and traffic safety partners encouraged parents of teen drivers to always set rules before their teens hit the road. Surveys show that teens whose parents impose driving restrictions typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes. They can't listen if you don't talk. Remember the five most dangerous and deadliest behaviors for teen drivers:

1. No Drinking and Driving - Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix.

2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back - Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it's important to buckle up on every trip, no matter how far.

3. Put it Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All - Remind your teen about the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road. Texting and driving has become a national epidemic, and teens are some of the worst offenders. In 2012, among drivers 15 - 19 years old who were distracted in fatal crashes, nearly 1 in 5 were distracted by their phones.

4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You - Drive the speed limit and require your teens to do the same. Speeding is a common contributing factor in fatal crashes. In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48%) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year old drivers.

5. Extra Passengers Can Be A Distraction - The level of distraction can be disastrous and the risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional passenger. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior while traveling with multiple passengers increases to three times. More information about Oregon's provisional license restrictions at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/TEEN/pages/license.aspx#restrict

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Welfare Check Leads to Arrest of Wanted Person - Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction - 10/25/14
An Oregon State Police trooper arrested a man wanted on numerous warrants early Saturday morning after checking on his welfare following a citizen's report along Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 1:04 a.m., an OSP trooper responded to Interstate 84 near milepost 104 following a citizen's report of a man lying next to a guardrail. Upon arriving at the scene the trooper found a man sleeping next to the guardrail and awoke him to check on his welfare.

The man was identified as BRUCE WARREN SAMPSON, age 32, from White Swan, Washington. SAMPSON was arrested after the trooper learned he was wanted on five Failure to Appear warrants out of Hood River County. SAMPSON was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility.

No photograph available for this release.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Armed, Wanted Felon in Stolen Car - Milton-Freewater in Umatilla County (Photo) - 10/25/14
An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday night in Milton-Freewater led to the arrest of an armed wanted felon in a stolen car.

On October 24, 2014 at approximately 11:42 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a Honda Prelude for failure to display a vehicle license plate on SE 14th Avenue and S. Mill Street in Milton-Freewater. Upon contact with the driver, identified as ANDREW KENNETH THORSON, age 30, from Walla Walla, Washington, the trooper spotted a handgun in the driver side door storage compartment. Further investigation also led to the discovery a second handgun on the passenger seat.

THORSON was taken into custody and was determined to be wanted on two felony Probation Violation warrants out of Umatilla County. While searching THORSON, the trooper found a dagger concealed in one of his shoes.

When the trooper checked the vehicle's identification number he learned the car was reported stolen out of Pendleton.

THORSON was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:

* Probation Violation warrants
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm (2 counts)
* Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
* Carrying a Concealed Weapon - Knife

Photograph - Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

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Woman Injured After High Winds Blow Tree into Her Moving Vehicle - Highway 230 in SE Douglas County (Photo) - 10/25/14
A Grants Pass woman was injured Saturday when her car collided with a tree blown onto the road by high winds on Highway 230 in southeast Douglas County. Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT urge drivers to use caution when traveling on highways in forested areas during windy conditions and be alert for wind-caused fallen trees and debris.

According to Senior Trooper Joe Smith, on October 25, 2014 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a passenger car driven by KRISTEN DANIELS, age 42, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 230 near milepost 12 when high winds blew a pine tree, estimated 40 feet tall and 10 inches in diameter, down onto the hood of her car just missing smashing the windshield.

The impact broke the tree and caused DANIELS to lose control as her car spun across the eastbound lane and crashed head-on into another pine tree off the highway.

DANIELS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to Providence Medical Center in Medford. She was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 8 lbs of Marijuana, Pending Charges for California Man - Highway 395 near Lakeview (Photo) - 10/24/14
A California man is facing felony marijuana-related charges following an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Thursday in Lake County in which a trooper found approximately 8 pounds of marijuana concealed in a vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 2:27 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2011 Chevrolet four-door passenger car displaying California license plates northbound on Highway 395E near Lakeview for a speed violation. The trooper identified the driver as LAWARENCE ANTHONY COSTA III, age 29, from Albion, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 8 pounds of marijuana concealed in the trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

COSTA was later cited and released to appear in Lake County Circuit Court for Unlawful Manufacture, Possession, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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Driver Arrested After Alcohol-Involved Hit & Run Injury Crash - Highway 20E just east of Bend - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), arrested a 51-year old man following an alcohol-involved injury hit & run crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 20E east of Bend.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., OSP was notified of a possible injury hit & run crash on Highway 20E near milepost 5. While enroute, witnesses followed the suspect vehicle, a GMC van, from the scene until DCSO deputies located and stopped it at Alfalfa Market Road and Todd Road.

The GMC van driven by BRIAN L. WHITE, age 51, from Bend, attempted to make a U-turn from the westbound shoulder as a westbound Chevrolet pickup driven by JAMES FLOYD, age 63, from Bend, was approaching and struck the pickup's passenger side.

WHITE stopped momentarily at the scene and then drove away until stopped by DCSO deputies.

FLOYD was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with a non-life threatening injury.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to arrest WHITE for Assault in the Third Degree, Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. WHITE was also cited for Refusing a Breath Test and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.

No photographs available for this release.

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Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126 east of Redmond - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday night's single vehicle rollover crash along Highway 126 about four miles east of Redmond that critically injured a Prineville man.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 9:52 p.m., a 1993 GMC pickup driven by JASON GORDON, age 23, from Prineville, was westbound on Highway 126 near milepost 4 when it departed the roadway. The pickup rolled several times and struck a tree before coming to rest.

GORDON was partially ejected out of the driver's door and critically injured. An off duty Crook County deputy and OSP sergeant witnessed the crash, initiating emergency medical care until relieved by EMS responders. GORDON was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Richard Gay is the lead investigator. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Redmond Fire and Rescue. Highway 126 was blocked at the scene for 30 minutes.

No photographs for release.

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Update #3: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County (Photo) - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. The victim's name is released in this update as well as added information related to the offending driver also being charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DUII.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on October 23, 2014 at approximately 3:07 p.m., a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN FITCH, age 21, from Beaverton, was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road about milepost 84. As the pickup negotiated a right curve at a high rate of speed, it crossed the double solid centerline and collided nearly head-on with a southbound 2001 Ford Taurus four-door. The pickup came to rest on its right side near the center of the highway. The car came to rest off the southbound shoulder of the highway.

The Ford Taurus driver, GERALD DEE WILL, age 70, from Cloverdale, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FITCH, who was driving on a suspended license, received minor injury and was later arrested by OSP. As part of the investigation, OSP learned FITCH was on probation for DUII out of Clackamas County and during the evening confirmed alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor. In consultation with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, FITCH was lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, DUII and and Reckless Driving.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office and Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the District Attorney. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT. The highway was closed in both directions for 4 hours.

Photograph Sources:
Crash Scene Photos - Oregon State Police
Fitch Photo - Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Albany (Photo) - 10/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's cross-over fatal traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 5 in the north Albany area. The names are released in this update.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 1995 Honda Civic driven by AMBER NICHOLE FOREST, age 28, from, Aumsville, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 237 when it traveled into the center median. The car continued across the median into the southbound lanes where it collided with a 2005 Volvo commercial truck pulling semi-trailer in the right southbound lane.

After impact, the commercial truck and trailer crossed the center median onto the northbound lanes where it collided into a concrete barrier. The truck and trailer came to rest jackknifed across the northbound lanes. The Honda came to rest in the center median.

FOREST was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver, ARTHUR F. PEREZ, age 65, from College Place, Washington, was transported by ambulance to Albany General Hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash with the assistance of a crash investigation inter-agency team comprised of members from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, and Lebanon Police Department.

Additional assistance provided at the scene by Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire District, and ODOT.

All lanes in both directions were opened by 3:00 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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OSP Seeking Information Related to Robbery, Assault Investigation - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton - 10/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's to identify two men suspected of robbing another man Wednesday night after he stopped to inspect his vehicle in the Deadman Pass area along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.

On October 22, 2014 at approximately 8:35 p.m., a 34-year old Boise, Idaho man stopped his black Subaru passenger car along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227 to inspect what he believed was a flat tire. While stopped and outside of his vehicle, the victim reported that a maroon 1990s Ford Mustang displaying unknown California license plate stopped behind his vehicle. The two men got out and assaulted the victim, stealing his wallet. The men ran back to their car and drove away westbound.

Both suspects were described as white males, age 35 - 40, approximately 5'10" tall and weighing about 200 pounds. One suspect was reported to have dark hair, a beard, and was wearing a red plaid flannel shirt. The second suspect was reported to have dark hair, a moustache, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The victim received minor injuries not requiring medical treatment.

Anyone with who may have been traveling through the area at the time with information about this case is requested to call OSP dispatch at (541) 276-2121. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Dan Chichester.

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Update: Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge - 10/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a 52-year old Florence man whose body was found in Coos Bay following an apparent accident while he worked on a lower maintenance bridge underneath Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge. The man's name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed that a pickup was underwater below the bridge.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel in a boat found a body in the water about four miles from the bridge. Fire personnel from North Bend Fire Department, North Bay Rural Fire Protection 2, and Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene with watercraft resources. A dive team from Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District checked the pickup about 15 feet underwater and confirmed there were no other occupants inside. The pickup was later recovered by Mast Bros. Towing.

The deceased man was identified as MARK FORTUNE, age 52, from Florence. FORTUNE reportedly was working as a mechanic for the bridge contractor. The circumstances surrounding his death and how his vehicle went into the water are not known at this time. The incident was not witnessed and construction crew members spotted the 2001 Ford F250 pickup in the water but couldn't account for FORTUNE.

According to ODOT, Highway 101 remains closed at the McCullough Bridge following the incident that damaged a construction project enclosure attached to the bridge. ODOT estimates the bridge will remain closed to all traffic until late Friday. A detour along East Bay Drive is being used for local traffic. Motor carriers are advised to use Highway 42 instead of Highway 38.

Questions regarding the bridge project and traffic restrictions should be directed to ODOT. Updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No photographs for release.

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Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge - 10/22/14
Highway 101 at the Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge in Coos Bay is closed at this time by ODOT as Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of local emergency responders, investigate the death of an person found near a vehicle in the water below.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. US Coast Guard and local fire personnel responded with watercraft resources and the body of a deceased adult male was recovered. Divers located a vehicle under water believed to be associated with the victim.

ODOT has closed the bridge in both directions for an unknown period. A detour is being established around the area and updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No other information to be released at this time.

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Wanted Man Arrested by OSP & Salem PD After Fleeing Traffic Stop, Area Search off Interstate 5 near Market Street - 10/22/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Salem Police Department (SPD) arrested a wanted 21-year old man after he fled an OSP traffic stop Wednesday morning on the off-ramp from Interstate 5 at Market Street in Salem. The off-ramp and some area streets were closed while law enforcement officers searched three hours for the subject who was believed armed.

On October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:26 a.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a citizen's driving complaint regarding a passenger car southbound on Interstate 5 near Donald/Aurora. An OSP trooper stopped the car about 2:50 a.m. on the off-ramp to Market Street and contacted two occupants.

The passenger was not wearing a safety belt, provided a false name to the trooper and fled on foot. The trooper quickly confirmed his identity as KRISTOPHER ALLEN RICE, age 21, from Salem, learned he was wanted on felony Marion County warrants and that he may be armed.

Additional law enforcement officers from OSP, SPD and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded and established a perimeter. Some SPD SWAT personal also came to the scene to assist with the search as the off-ramp, some area streets and a park-and-ride lot were closed off.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., SPD SWAT took RICE into custody as he hid in a transient tent surrounded by brush. RICE was turned over to OSP and also found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. No firearm was reportedly found.

RICE was transported to Marion County Jail where he was lodged on the felony warrants for Dangerous Drugs and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and local charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

The driver was not arrested.

No photograph available for release at this time.

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Two Unrelated Traffic Stops Lead to Discovery of 13 lbs. of Marijuana, Pending Charges for 2 People - Interstate 5 near Roseburg - 10/21/14
Two unrelated traffic stops by Oregon State Police (OSP) on Monday in Douglas County is leading to charges against two people following the seizure of a total of more than 13 pounds of marijuana.

On October 20, 2014 at approximately 6:23 p.m., an OSP sergeant stopped a 1998 Ford Escort displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 119 for a speed violation. The vehicle was occupied by a 21-year old female driver and the passenger identified as JORDAN J. PERRY, age 48, from Hollywood, California.

Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of over 4 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $10,000.

PERRY was taken into custody and later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. The driver was not arrested or cited.

The second traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:44 p.m. on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 120 when an OSP trooper stopped a Ford Ranger pickup displaying Minnesota license plates. The pickup's driver was identified as TERESA ANN LEMONS, age 45, from Rogers. Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 9.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in the pickup. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

LEMONS was later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

No photographs available for this release.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 52 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Washington Man - Interstate 5 near Tualatin (Photo) - 10/21/14
A Seattle, Washington man was arrested Tuesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) senior trooper discovered approximately 52 pounds of marijuana inside a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Tualatin. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 21, 2014 at approximately 2:27 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rental 2014 Toyota Camry four-door displaying California license plates for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290. The vehicle's driver was identified as SANTICHITH LA HOCHINGNAVONG, age 38, from Seattle, Washington. The passenger was identified as a 25-year old Washington man.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 52 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $130,000.

HOCHINGNAVONG was arrested without incident and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

The passenger was not arrested.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Tualatin Police Department.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Hochingnavong photo - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Citizen Reports Regarding Intoxicated Hitchhiker Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted on 9 Warrants from 7 Different Jurisdictions (Photo) - 10/21/14
Several citizen reports of an intoxicated man hitchhiking and stumbling into traffic Monday afternoon on Interstate 5 near Tigard led to arrest of a man wanted on 9 warrants out of seven different jurisdictions.

On October 20, 2014 at approximately 5:35 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch began receiving several citizen reports of an intoxicated male stumbling and acting strangely while hitchhiking on Interstate 5 near Carmen Drive. An OSP trooper located the man about 20 minutes later at the off-ramp to Highway 217.

The man verbally identified himself as TONY LEE WOOD, age 38, from Portland. Subsequent investigation confirmed his identity and that he was wanted on 9 outstanding warrants from seven different jurisdictions (Deschutes County, Klamath County, Multnomah County, Linn County, Troutdale, West Linn, and Gladstone). Six of the warrants were for Fail to Appear on various misdemeanor charges, and three warrants were for Criminal Trespass, Disorderly Conduct, and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

WOOD was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 near Boardman in Morrow County (Photo) - 10/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year old male. Names of involved persons are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on October 20, 2014 at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slow down of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles.

A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by MITCHELL E. DAVIS, age 27, from Mattawa, Washington, in which the victim was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.

After DAVIS got out of the Mustang and helped his passenger/grandfather, MELVIN J. MITCHELL, age 80, from Richland, Washington, get out, as they were standing next to the car three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren't able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and elderly male, resulting in fatal injuries to MITCHELL.

After impact, the Ford Mustang spun into the second commercial truck before coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

DAVIS received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators.

The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as RONALD COOK, age 65, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Ford Explorer's driver, JOE W. BROGDON, age 63, from La Grande, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office and Hermiston Work Site are continuing the investigation. Trooper John Lombardi is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Morrow County District Attorney's Office, Boardman Rural Fire Protection District, Morrow County Ambulance, and ODOT.

While this investigation was being conducted, a secondary collision occurred in the westbound lanes near milepost 166. That collision was investigated by Boardman Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff's Office.

The westbound lanes were re-opened about 3:30 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Minor Injury Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 99E near Hayesville Drive NE in Salem Area - 10/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Highway 99E near Hayesville Drive NE just north of Salem. The pedestrian received minor injury and no citations have been issued at this time.

On October 20, 2014 at approximately 1:48 p.m., a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by MYUNG LEE, age 72, from Keizer, exited Roth's IGA parking lot into the center turn lane to proceed south on Highway 99E. As the Jeep moved into the southbound lane it collided with a pedestrian who was in the traffic lane.

The pedestrian, DANIEL NELSON, age 63, from Salem, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The southbound lanes were blocked about 30 minutes until NELSON was transported from the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff's Office, local fire/ems, and ODOT.

Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator. Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030.

No photographs for this release.

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Increased Interagency Traffic Enforcement Effort in Oregon State University Campus Vicinity - 10/20/14
Oregon State Police, working in partnership with OSU Department of Public Safety and Corvallis Police Department, will focus enforcement efforts toward traffic-related violations in the campus vicinity on October 22 and 24.

Following complaints and past problems related to bicycle and vehicle operation endangering pedestrians, the enforcement effort will focus both dates on roadways and intersections in the vicinity of Memorial Union, Valley Library and Kerr Administration from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to remember their duty to exercise due care and obey traffic control devices (i.e., stop signs, traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signals) at all times. Drive safely to save lives.

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Update: Names Released - Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County (Photo) - 10/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a two vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning resulting in the death of three occupants from one of the involved vehicles. The victim's names and other information are provided in this release.

On October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., a 2010 Dodge Caliber was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 78 when it lost control on the wet roadway, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Suburban towing a 32 foot travel trailer.

The operator of the Dodge Caliber, TIFFANY FEFELOV, age 27, her husband FRED FEFELOV, age 34, and their daughter MILA FEFELOV, age 7 months, from Sherwood, all suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The operator of the Suburban, FRANCIS HART, age 78, and his wife, SALLY HART, age 77, from Salem, were uninjured in the crash.

Seatbelt usage by all occupants from both vehicles is still being determined by investigators.

OSP troopers from Albany Area Command are leading the investigation and were assisted by OSP troopers from Bend Area Command. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department and ODOT.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Injury crash Highway 140West west of Klamath Falls (Photo) - 10/18/14
A Klamath Falls woman was injured on Saturday afternoon when her westbound vehicle left Highway 140West and went into the Klamath Lake.

On October 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV, operated by ASHLEY WILLBURN, age 23, from Klamath Falls, was westbound on Highway 140West near milepost 58. For unknown reasons WILLBURN'S SUV drifted onto the westbound shoulder. WILLBURN overcorrected and her SUV came back onto the road and eventually left the roadway and went into the Klamath Lake. The SUV came to rest partially submerged in the lake.

WILLBURN was transported by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. WILLBURN was cited for Careless Driving. Seatbelt usage is still unconfirmed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1 and ODOT.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Preliminary Information: Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County - 10/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning resulting in the death of three occupants from one of the involved vehicles. The victim's names and other information will be released tomorrow after confirmation of next of kin notification.

Preliminary information indicates on October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a critical injury two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 78. Upon arrival the crash was confirmed as a triple fatality in which a passenger car that was eastbound lost control and traveled broadside into the path of a westbound utility vehicle pulling a travel trailer. All three occupants in the passenger car were confirmed deceased. The occupants in the utility vehicle were uninjured.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Albany area commands are investigating the crash. OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and local Fire and EMS. No further information for release at this time.

No photographs available at the time of this release.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo) - 10/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Friday afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. The victim's name and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 17, 2014 at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 76.

Initial investigation indicates a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle driven by ADELINA TERESA BARRERA, age 80, from Tigard, was southbound on Interstate 5 when, for an unconfirmed reason, it traveled at a high rate of speed onto the shoulder though a grassy field and into a wooded area. The vehicle went through a wire fence, struck several trees and fence posts, and narrowly missed a house before hitting a tree head-on.

BARRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by a deputy medical examiner from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Rural Metro Fire.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Demaray Road at Hubbard Lane southwest of Grants Pass (Photo) - 10/17/14
Update: The name previously mentioned as the driver of the other vehicle (Matthew Hill) was not correct. The name of the Nissan's driver was confirmed by Sergeant Lee as GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass. Oregon State Police apologizes for the error.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and sport utility vehicle that occurred southwest of Grants Pass.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 16, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass, was northbound on Demaray Drive turning left onto Hubbard Lane. According to witnesses, a 2008 Honda motorcycle operated by GRANT EVAN VERITY, age 35, from Grants Pass, was passing vehicles northbound at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the left rear of the turning Nissan.

VERITY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

GRIFFIN was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Josh Quick is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue Division, and AMR Ambulance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Acting Public Information Officer for Saturday, October 18, & Sunday, October 19 - 10/17/14
STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted via email at steve.j.mitchell@state.or.us.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duty for OSP on Monday, October 20.

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Death Investigation - Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County - 10/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into the death of a 24-year old Newberg man found deceased Wednesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near Cape Foulweather's Look-Out Observatory and Gift Shop in Lincoln County.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m., OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) were asked by Newberg/Dundee Police Department to be on the lookout for a suicidal man who may have traveled to the Cape Foulweather area. At 7:45 a.m., a LCSO deputy found the man's vehicle at a parking lot and then found MICHAEL A. LYMAN, age 24, from Newberg, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

OSP responded to the scene to conduct the death investigation with the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner. Other assistance at the scene provided by Depoe Bay Fire District and Oregon State Parks & Recreation personnel.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

Lincoln County Mental Health & Human Services has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling 1-888-232-7192. More information about mental health services in Lincoln County is available on their website at http://www.lincolncountyhealth.com/MH/MHWEBpage1.htm

Yamhill County Adult Mental Health has a crisis help line available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (503) 434-7523. After hours, mental health crisis help is available by calling 800-560-5535. More information about mental services in Yamhill County is available on their website at http://hhs.co.yamhill.or.us/

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

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Update #2: Witnesses Sought - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 211 east of Molalla in Clackamas County (Photo) - 10/16/14
UPDATE: OSP investigators urge any witnesses to the crash to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Information will be forwarded to Senior Trooper Dan Swift for follow up contact.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 211 east of Molalla that resulted in the death of an adult female. The victim's granddaughter and the other involved driver received non-life threatening injuries.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:35 p.m., a 1994 Ford Mustang driven by SEAN M. BUSCHKE, age 33, from Colton, was westbound on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road when it crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with an eastbound 1993 Honda Accord four-door. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The Honda's driver, KRISTI LOUISE ANDERSON, age 64, from Molalla, was extricated by Molalla Rural Fire Protection District personnel and transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She was reported deceased after arriving at the hospital. Her 3-year old granddaughter, ELIZABETH BARKER, who was using a child safety seat, was also transported by ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injury. Safety restraint use by the victim is pending confirmation.

BUSCHKE was transported by ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injury. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Tracy Clark is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Police Department, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. The highway was closed for over 4 hours.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Correction: Driver Cited After Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence (Photo) - 10/16/14
Correction: The transport van belongs to Northwest Youth Corps, not Youth Authority.

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Two people were injured Thursday morning in a collision between a transport van and passenger car on Highway 101 north of Florence at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park intersection. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the transport van's driver.

On October 16, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 2000 Honda Civic four-door driven by RONALD G. TAVES, age not available, from Yachats, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 176. A Northwest Youth Corps transport van driven by JOSHUA ABEL, age 21, from Mesa, Arizona, pulled out from Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park into the northbound lane where the car struck it on the left side.

RONALD TAVES and his passenger, JOAN TAVES, age 66, received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. They were treated and released from the hospital. Both occupants were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

ABEL and his nine passengers were not injured.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to cite ABEL for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Lead investigator is Trooper Rodney Brock.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue and ODOT. The northbound lane was closed about two hours.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Death Investigation - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs in Lane County - 10/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is completing an investigation into the death of a Springfield man found deceased Wednesday in his vehicle at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near Belknap Springs. Initial investigation indicates the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 8:35 a.m., an ODOT employee stopped to check a 1991 Honda Civic parked at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near milepost 15. The ODOT employee reported discovering a deceased adult male inside the car.

OSP responded to the scene to investigate. The deceased was identified as DAVID PETER CADA, age 45, from Springfield.

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

There are several resources available through Lane County Public Health and the Lane County Suicide Prevention Program. More information is available online at:
http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-links.htm

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

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 4 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Men Including Texas Fugitive - Interstate 5 in Eugene/Springfield (Photo) - 10/16/14
An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday in the Eugene/Springfield area led to the arrest of two people following the discovery of approximately 4 pounds of marijuana. One of the men was wanted out of Texas for felony marijuana-related charges. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 1:07 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Nissan sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates for multiple traffic violations off Interstate 5 at the Glenwood Boulevard exit near milepost 192. During the contact the trooper identified the two occupants as driver THOMAS M. GARZA, age 48, from Talent, and passenger ANTHONY J. BALASCIO, age 43, from Allen, Texas.

During the traffic stop the trooper learned BALASCIO was wanted on a felony warrant out of Texas for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana. BALASCIO was arrested without incident as a Fugitive from Justice.

Subsequent investigation also led the trooper to discover approximately 4 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana was $10,000.

GARZA was arrested without incident for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. GARZA and BALASCIO were lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Photographs:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Balascio and Garza photos - Lane County Sheriff's Office

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Fire Heavily Damages Commercial Truck and Hay-loaded Trailers - Interstate 84 east of Stanfield (Photo) - 10/15/14
A truck and two trailers loaded with hay were significantly damaged Wednesday afternoon in a fire along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Stanfield. One westbound lane remains closed at this time and traffic updates are available on TripCheck.com.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling two flatbed semi-trailers loaded with hay were westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 194 when the 60-year old driver started to smell smoke. The driver stopped about the same time an OSP trooper pulled up to the scene as they noticed a fire had started.

The driver wasn't able to detach the truck from the trailers as the fire spread.

Echo Rural Fire Department responded to handle the fire. ODOT personnel responded to handle traffic control.

The cause of the fire was not available at this time.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Minor Injury Truck Crash - Highway 126 west of Prineville (Photo) - 10/15/14
A truck driver was cited Tuesday following an investigation into a minor injury rollover truck crash on Highway 126 west of Prineville.

According to Sergeant Keith Taylor, on October 14, 2014 at approximately 1:51 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with mint root stems driven by J. MONROE DeHAVEN, age 34, from Sandy, was eastbound on Highway 126 near milepost 17. While negotiating a downhill right curve the load shifted and the trailer and truck overturned onto their side, spilling the load and also leading to approximately 50 gallons of diesel spilling onto the highway.

A Prineville police officer witnessed the crash and initiated emergency response from OSP, Crook County Fire & Rescue, ODOT and a HazMat cleanup response team.

DeHAVEN received minor injury. Subsequent to the investigation, he was cited by OSP for Failure to Drive Within Lane.

The highway was mostly blocked over 4 hours with one lane of travel available for traffic.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Injury Rollover Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Boardman (Photo) - 10/14/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that occurred along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Boardman. The crash injured a 77-year old Tualatin man.

On October 12, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant driven by SILVERIO FRIAS MOLINERO, age 77, from Tualatin, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 150. According to witnesses, the car was attempting to pass a commercial truck using the left shoulder when the driver lost control. The car went into the center median where it rolled before coming to a rest on its wheels over 200 feet from where it left the roadway.

Boardman Fire/EMS, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, and OSP responded to the scene. FRIAS MOLINERO was extricated from the vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to Boardman where he was transferred by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was later released after treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Wes Linhart is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 214 near north end of Silver Falls State Park in Marion County - 10/14/14
(Note: Also change in milepost location)

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Marion County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of an adult male Monday afternoon. The crash occurred along Highway 214 near the north boundary of Silver Falls State Park south of Silverton. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PATRICK C. HOPE, age 67, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling on Highway 214 near milepost 22 behind another motorcyclist when it went off the road while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle struck a tree and its operator was ejected. The first motorcyclist didn't witness the crash, turned around when he didn't see HOPE and while backtracking he discovered the crash scene.

Emergency responders from Drake Crossing Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance initially responded along with LifeFlight. Before HOPE could be transported by air ambulance, he was pronounced deceased and then taken by ambulance to Silverton Hospital. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT.

No photographs for release.

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Update: Names Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 99E near Tangent in Linn County (Photo) - 10/13/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two-vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on Highway 99E near McFarland Road in Linn County. The names of the involved adult female drivers are released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 8:10 a.m., a 2007 GMC Yukon driven by ELLEN L. MARY, age 67, from Albany, was southbound on Highway 99E near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it crossed the center turn lane and left northbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup in the right northbound lane.

ELLEN MARY was transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Chevrolet pickup's driver, KARENETTA J. ADAMS, age 60, from Sweet Home, was transported initially by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and then taken by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing to gather information to determine the cause of the crash. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time. Senior Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Downed Tree Struck by 4 Vehicles - Highway 22 near Detroit in Marion County (Photo) - 10/13/14
Highway 22 was partially blocked Monday morning for a couple hours after several vehicles struck a downed tree on Highway 22 between Gates and Detroit in Marion County. No vehicle occupants required transport to a hospital and two of the damaged vehicles were towed from the scene.

According to Senior Trooper Frank Hagen, on October 13, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m., strong winds led to a tree falling onto the highway near milepost 36. The driver of an eastbound pickup safely pulled onto the shoulder after running over the tree. Immediately afterward, a westbound pickup struck the tree and then crashed into an embankment. An eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser and westbound log truck both also struck the tree. The Chrysler then collided nearly head-on with the loaded log truck.

Fire and medical responders from Lyons Rural Fire Protection District and Gates Rural Fire Protection District assisted with traffic control for an hour while ODOT personnel cleared the tree from the road.

Occupant names are not available for this release.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Two Injured in Rollover Crash After Hitting Dead Bear Lying on Road - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo) - 10/12/14
Two people were injured and their dog died Saturday night in a rollover crash along Interstate 84 near Meacham when the driver lost control after running over a dead bear lying in a traffic lane.

On October 11, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a passenger car driven by BRET CARTWRIGHT, age 25, from Boise, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 235 when he changed from the right lane to left lane due to plastic vehicle parts on the road causing a hazard. Upon changing lanes, the car struck a dead black bear lying in the left lane.

CARTWRIGHT lost control of the vehicle as it rolled into the center median where it came to rest on its top.

CARTWRIGHT was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non-life threatening injury. His 22-year old wife received minor injury and their 1-year old daughter was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was not injured. Both were driven to the hospital by an OSP trooper.

The family's dog was deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

The vehicle that had previously struck the bear was not at the scene. OSP and ODOT urge drivers involved in a collision with wildlife or other animals to stop and make an effort to check the extent of injury and any damage to your vehicle. If possible and safe to do so, try to get the animal and/or road debris out of the way of approaching traffic. Contact 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch to report the collision and request assistance, if needed.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Highway 58 in Klamath County (Photo) - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's collision that seriously injured a West Richland, Washington man along Highway 97 four miles north of the Highway 58 junction in Klamath County.

On October 10, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling an unloaded flatbed semi-trailer driven by ROGER MACOMBER, age 69, from Redmond, Oregon, was northbound when MACOMBER tried to make a u-turn on Highway 97 near milepost 191. The trailer became high-centered and was stopped when a 2003 Saturn driven by BRENT CAMPBELL, age 49, from West Richland, Washington, crashed into the trailer and caught fire. Two other vehicles also collided with the truck.

Several citizens removed CAMPBELL from the vehicle. He was seriously injured and transported by Air Link to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Crescent Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT. The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was open.

Enforcement action is pending review of the completed investigation with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Jeremiah Beckert is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update #3: Second Person Dies - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified that a second person has died following an October 7, 2014 two vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126W about three miles west of Walton in Lane County.

Passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene, reported died Friday, October 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W near milepost 30. Local emergency responders extricated two critically injured people from a Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the offending vehicle, RICHARD ANDREW JACKSON, age 40, from Bloomington, Indiana, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicates a 1995 Ford pickup driven by JACKSON was westbound on Highway 126W when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup with two occupants.

The two seriously injured persons from the Chevrolet pickup were identified as driver DEBORAH HOPE, age 56, from Eugene, and passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene. HOPE was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. HENNIGAN was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator and Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collision reconstructionist.

No photographs are available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W near Veneta in Lane County - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 126W near Veneta that turned fatal after the driver was transported to a hospital. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 10, 2014 approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by JERRY BYRON (J.B.) HOWELL, age 80, from Walton, was traveling westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 48 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the road, crashing into a tree. Local emergency responders including Lane Fire Authority were dispatched and HOWELL was extricated from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and reportedly died about two hours later.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating the crash.

No photographs for release.

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Wildlife-Involved Collisions Serve as Another Reminder to be Extra Alert for Wildlife on Roads (Photo) - 10/10/14
Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animals on the road.

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup driven by ERIC MEYERHOFER, age 44, from Payette, Idaho, was southbound on Highway 201N near milepost 22 north of Ontario in Malheur County when a deer entered the roadway. MEYERHOFER wasn't able to avoid the deer, striking it with the front of the pickup. The deer broke through the pickup's windshield and came to rest dead on the front passenger seat.

Fortunately there were no passengers in the pickup. MEYERHOFER received glass-related cuts but declined medical transport. A photograph from the incident is provided with this release.

In another incident, two elderly people were transported with injuries after crashing while avoiding a deer on the road in Baker County. On October 9 at approximately 6:40 p.m., a Subaru Legacy driven by BEVERLY THOMPSON, age 76, from Richland, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 86 near milepost 35 when the driver served to miss a deer. The vehicle crossed the westbound lanes and off the highway where it went up an embankment, striking a tree and rolling down the embankment where it came to rest on its top.

Passenger WILLIAM THOMPSON, age 82, from Richland, was able to get out of the vehicle. His wife was extricated by responding EMS personnel. Both were transported by air ambulance to an unidentified hospital for treatment of injuries.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx.

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Halloween Safety Tips from OSP and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - 10/10/14
Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where their children are and who they are with.

Oregon State Police and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, it is also a time when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

Before Halloween

*Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint - Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags)
* Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
* Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
* Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween

* Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
* Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
* Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
* Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
* Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Link to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Halloween Safety Tips (pdf):
(English) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf
(Spanish) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC153.pdf

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Minor Injury Multi-Vehicle Crash - Interstate 205 north of Stafford Road in West Linn (Photo) - 10/09/14
All southbound lanes of Interstate 205 opened about 12:15 p.m. following Thursday morning's minor injury crash north of Stafford Road.

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 10:50 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision near milepost 4. The impact pushed one vehicle into the rear of a semi-trailer stopped on the shoulder. Approximately 90 gallons of diesel spilled from a punctured diesel tank on the roadway. One persons reportedly was taken by a private party to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.

All lanes were blocked and traffic was diverted onto the shoulder until all lanes were opened after ODOT and fire personnel cleaned up the spill.

Names of involved drivers are not available for this release. No citations were issued at this time.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update #2: Suspect Sought in Grant County Arrested by Grant County Sheriff's Office (Photo) - 10/08/14
Update: At approximately 6:35 p.m., Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed SHANE SANDERS was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by his department. SANDERS will be lodged in the Grant County Jail on several charges including Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

SANDERS was the subject of an extensive search by Grant County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP) and the OSP SWAT team, after fleeing the Seneca area Wednesday morning as law enforcement officers responded to a shots fired incident during a domestic disturbance at a cabin in Seneca. After law enforcement officers arrived in the area, they heard additional shots. An armed suspect identified as SANDERS, age 41, was seen fleeing in the darkness and is the subject of an ongoing area search. There were no known persons injured.

After re-opening area roads this afternoon following a several hour search, law enforcement personnel remained in the area. Officials believed there was no public safety threat at that time.

A DMV photograph of SANDERS is provided with this release.

Questions regarding the case and arrest should be directed to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

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DUII Driver Facing Charges Following Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 near Cave Junction - 10/08/14
Three people were injured Tuesday night in a two vehicle DUII-involved traffic crash on Highway 199 near Cave Junction. The offending driver was cited by OSP in connection with the injury crash.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 1990 Toyota Camry driven by JEFFREY S. LONDINO, age 51, from Cave Junction, was northbound on Highway 199 near milepost 29 when it crossed the centerline as LONDINO lost control. The Toyota slid sideways and its passenger front side collided into the left front side of a southbound 2008 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle driven by SHELLY BURNS, age 38, from Cave Junction.

LONDINO was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later cited by OSP for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

SHELLY BURNS and one of her five passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The name of the injured passenger is not available.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Eric Tholberg is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District. The highway was closed about 35 minutes.

No photographs available for this release.

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Minor Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass (Photo) - 10/07/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's minor injury commercial truck crash that occurred off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass. The truck and load of lumber came to rest several hundred feet off the freeway down an embankment. Recovery of the vehicles and load is expected to take a couple days.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 12:50 p.m., a 2010 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with lumber driven by MACEO BOSTON III, age 45, from Grants Pass, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 70 going uphill when the driver lost control. The truck and trailer struck the metal guardrail, damaging several posts and sections of guardrail as it continued off the freeway and down an embankment. The truck and trailer continued several hundred feet before hitting a tree and stopping in a location not visible to passing traffic.

Another commercial truck driver made his way down to the crash scene and extinguished a small fire in the vehicle.

Personnel from Rural/Metro Fire Department and AMR Ambulance responded and helped BOSTON back to the freeway area. He was transported by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with minor injuries.

Approximately 180 gallons of diesel spilled near the wreckage toward Rat Creek. A hazardous materials response team was being dispatched to handle the spill at the request of the trucking company, A&M Transport from Glendale, Oregon.

ODOT is handling incident scene management. OSP Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Victim Name & Suspect Photo Released - Arrest Following Shooting near Merlin in Josephine County (Photo) - 10/07/14
One person is in custody and the victim is being treated at a hospital following Monday night's shooting near Merlin in Josephine County. Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation. The victim's name and suspect's photograph are released in this update.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 9:23 p.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported shooting at 535 Pleasant Valley Road north of Merlin. OSP troopers arrived and secured the scene so fire and medical personnel could approach to treat an adult male found outside the residence suffering a gunshot wound.

The 27-year old male victim identified as JOSHUA MORRISON was taken by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The victim reportedly lives at the residence where the shooting occurred. According to the hospital, he is in stable condition.

Subsequent to the initial investigation, OSP arrested DAVID EDWARD MILLER, age 51, from Merlin. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Assault in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The victim's girlfriend, HALEY JORDAN KIRBY, age 24, was arrested as a Fugitive from Justice based on an outstanding felony warrant out of Floyd County, Georgia, for Larceny.

No other information is being released at this time.

Miller photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Kirby photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Update #3: Vehicle Photo Added - Citizen's Tip Leads OSP to Arrest Driver Involved in October 4 Critical Injury Hit & Run Crash - Highway 62 in White City (Photo) - 10/07/14
A tip provided to the Oregon State Police (OSP) helped lead to the arrest of the driver involved in an early Saturday morning pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The involved vehicle was also located and seized pending the ongoing investigation.

On October 6, 2014, OSP received a citizen's tip that led troopers to a White City-area business parking lot where a black 1997 Dodge Ram pickup with fresh body damage was parked. The pickup had damage to the right front marker light, right front bumper and passenger side mirror. Troopers identified the vehicle's owner as GEORGE V. PRAUSS, age 34, from White City, and contacted him at his place of employment.

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, OSP arrested PRAUSS and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail for Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

His arrest is related to an incident on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., when an adult male identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41, was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. THOMPSON was found critically injured, lying in the right turn lane in front of the store's entrance. He was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.

OSP issued news releases to local media requesting the public's help to identify the vehicle and driver. OSP thanks the media and public's help related to this investigation.

No other information to be released at this time. Additional charge(s) may be pending.

Photographs
Prauss photo - Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Vehicle photo - Oregon State Police

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Commercial Truck Crash Partially Blocking Eastbound Interstate 84 west of Arlington (Photo) - 10/07/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's rollover commercial truck crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles west of Arlington. As a precaution, the truck driver was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and one lane is open while ODOT is on scene coordinating vehicle removal and guardrail damage assessment.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m., a 1997 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with potatoes was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 126. According to the driver he swerved to miss several deer that were on the road and lost control. The truck and trailer crashed into the guardrail on the right shoulder and overturned, spilling the load onto the shoulder.

The truck and trailer came to rest on the guardrail partially blocking the right eastbound lane. The driver appeared not injured but was taken to an area hospital for a medical evalaluation. His name is not available for this release.

Approximately 230 feet of guardrail was damaged.

No injured or dead deer were found in the area. OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to be alert for wildlife on or near our roads, especially in October and November which are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

Assistance to OSP at the scene provided by Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, local emergency responders and ODOT. Trooper Zach Bohince is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Portland Woman Cited in Connection with OSP Investigation of July 2014 Serious Injury Crash - Highway 211 south of Estacada - 10/06/14
A Portland woman was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an investigation into a July 2014 serious injury traffic crash involving a motorcycle and passenger car on Highway 211 at S. Hayden Road south of Estacada.

On October 4, 2014, OSP cited TARA JOYCE, age 20, from Portland, for Dangerous Left Turn. The citation was issued in connection to an investigation into a serious injury traffic crash on July 15, 2014, in which a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by JOHN W. GROENER, age 59, from Beavercreek, was involved in a collision with a passenger car driven by JOYCE that was turning left from Highway 211 toward S. Hayden Road. The motorcycle crashed into the Kia's passenger side, ejecting GROENER from the motorcycle onto the highway.

GROENER was critically injured and transported by AMR ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University. He was wearing a protective helmet.

JOYCE and three passengers were also transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their injuries were non-life threatening.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office conducted the investigation. Toxicology test results showed no evidence of alcohol or drugs as contributing factors. Trooper Cameron Bailey was the lead investigator.

Information from the original news release available on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/07_16_2014_seriousinj_hwy211_estacada.aspx

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OSP Asking for Public's Help in Serious Injury Pedestrian-Involved Hit & Run Crash on Beach north of Gearhart - 10/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the pickup and driver involved in Sunday morning's serious injury hit & run pedestrian-involved crash on the beach near Gearhart in Clatsop County.

On October 5, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., JALIXAN FATAMAG, age 22, from Astoria, said he was walking on the beach near the Del Ray Beach access road when he was hit by a pickup's driver side rear bumper that was operated recklessly and 'cutting cookies'.

FATAMAG was knocked to the ground and had brief verbal contact with the pickup's male driver before it drove away. FATAMAG was seriously injured and helped by his friends who were at the beach access parking lot and heard him yelling for help.

FATAMAG was transported by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital and then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. His injuries were serious but not life threatening.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model 'lifted' white Toyota Tundra pickup with black fenders and tinted windows. The pickup displayed unknown salmon-style Oregon license plates and has a yellow "OREGON" sticker (approximately 3 inch high lettering) in the rear window. There is no further description of the driver.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888. Lead investigator is Trooper Dave Rzewnicki.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Over 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Interstate 5 near Rogue River - 10/06/14
A Saturday night Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop led to the arrest of a San Jose, California man after a trooper found over 4 pounds of methamphetamine inside the man's car on Interstate 5 near Rogue River. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 4, 2014 at approximately 11:59 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1998 Volkswagen displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 45 for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper identified the driver as FRANCISCO ALBERTO BEIZA, age 27, from San Jose, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value is approximately $60,000.

BEIZA was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 in Pleasant Hill (Photo) - 10/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 58 at Parkway Road in the Pleasant Hill area of Lane County.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 at Parkway Road. Shortly after arrival, the male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that happened at an unknown time during the night.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Grand Cherokee driven by JOHNNY GENE DYE, age 52, from Dexter, was southbound on Parkway Road approaching the Highway 58 intersection when it failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went through a stop sign at the intersection, across Highway 58 and onto Frontage Road where it rolled off the roadway and down a short embankment.

DYE, who was the lone occupant, was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Pleasant Hill Fire District, Goshen Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. No traffic lanes were closed during the investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Name Released - OSP Seeking Tips to Locate Vehicle & Driver Involved in Critical Injury Hit & Run Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Highway 62 in White City - 10/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) continues to ask for the public's help to locate a vehicle and driver involved in Saturday morning's pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The injured pedestrian is identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41. THOMPSON has resided in the Portland area and may be currently living in the Central Point area.

According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., an adult male later identified as THOMPSON was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. Preliminary investigation indicates THOMPSON was walking in the northbound bike lane located between the right turn lane into the store and the right northbound lane.

THOMPSON was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition. His family has been notified.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are investigating the crash and seeking information to locate the vehicle and driver. Evidence at the scene indicates the involved vehicle sustained damage to a headlight/turn signal assembly, side mirror and possibly windshield or side glass. It is unknown at this time if the damage is to the right or left area of the involved vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111. Trooper Josh Wetzel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 20 lbs of Liquid Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo) - 10/04/14
An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday afternoon along Highway 97 north of Madras led to the arrest of a California man after a trooper found approximately 20 pounds of liquid methamphetamine concealed in the rental car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 3:57 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rented 2013 Hyundai Elantra displaying California license plates for a speed violation in a construction zone on Highway 97 near NE Elm Lane in Jefferson County. During the traffic stop the driver was identified as SILVESTRE RIVERA FERNANDEZ, age 25, from South Gate, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover 3 vacuum sealed bags concealed in the vehicle with a substance that was determined to liquid methamphetamine. Total weight of the liquid methamphetamine was approximately 20 pounds, which can later be converted to a solid form of methamphetamine. Estimated value is pending confirmation.

RIVERA FERNANDEZ was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

OSP troopers from Madras and Bend offices were assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Photograph Sources:
Liquid Methamphetamine - Oregon State Police
Rivera Fernandez - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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Update #2: Second Person Dies Following 9/24/14 Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo) - 10/04/14
Oregon State Police confirmed this morning through Salem Hospital that passenger CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from Portland, died at the hospital where she has been treated since the September 24, 2014 traffic crash. The investigation continues and no enforcement decision has been made yet.

Previously released information 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 was in critical condition until her death.

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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Car Fire Briefly Closes Interstate 84 in Pendleton (Photo) - 10/04/14
No one was and a car was extensively damaged after catching fire along the eastbound shoulder of Interstate 84 in Pendleton early Saturday morning. The incident closed the eastbound lanes for 30 minutes until traffic was allowed to continue past the scene.

On October 4, 2014 at approximately 1:25 a.m., a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 58-year old female was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 210 when the driver noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Upon pulling onto the shoulder, she got out and opened the hood at which point the engine compartment became engulfed in flames.

Pendleton Fire personnel responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. OSP was also assisted at the scene by Pendleton Police Department during the incident response and road closure.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 near Harrisburg (Photo) - 10/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's serious injury motorcycle crash that occurred at the northbound Oak Grove Rest Area on Interstate 5 near Harrisburg.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 7:33 p.m., a motorcycle operated by EDDIE R. BATES, age 42, from Coburg, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 206 when it entered the Oak Grove Rest area at approximately 50 mph. The motorcycle struck a curb, ejecting BATES about 75 feet onto the ground.

BATES was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Harrisburg Fire Department, Eugene/Springfield Fire & EMS, and ODOT. Trooper Cale Day is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Two Uninjured After Wildlife-Involved Collision - Interstate 5 south of Creswell (Photo) - 10/04/14
Two drivers were not injured Friday night following a vehicle-wildlife collision on Interstate 5 three mile south of Creswell. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be extra alert for wildlife on or near our roads.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo) - 10/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Portland Man Arrested Following Injury Crash - Highway 97 / Highway 138 in Klamath County (Photo) - 10/03/14
A Portland man was arrested Thursday night following a minor injury traffic crash on Highway 97 at the Highway 138 intersection in Klamath County.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 2014 Hyundai Elantra driven by NICHOLAS J. RAPTIS, age 39, from SW Portland, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 213 when it passed a northbound commercial truck in a posted no passing zone. While finishing the passing maneuver, the Hyundai swerved in front of the truck causing the truck's left front corner to collide with the car's right passenger side.

The truck's driver, TAD YOUNG, age 32, from Silverton, lost control and the truck and semi-trailer overturned onto their side coming to rest blocking the northbound lane. YOUNG and passenger CHRISTOPHER RICH, age 33, from Dallas, were transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries. The truck & semi-trailer, loaded with a cargo of assorted paper and plastic goods, were extensively damaged.

The Hyundai also received major damage. RAPTIS was not injured and subsequent to the investigation he was arrested by OSP and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Reckless Driving and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

OSP troopers from the LaPine office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted by US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chemult Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. Senior Trooper Joe Smith is the lead investigator.

The northbound lane was closed about five hours.

Photographs
Scene photos - Oregon State Police
Raptis photo - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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Salem Resident Arrested in Stolen Vehicle - Interstate 205 near West Linn (Photo) - 10/03/14
A 19-year old Salem resident was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) early Friday morning after a trooper determined the car he was driving was stolen out of Marion County.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 1:37 a.m., an OSP senior trooper patrolling southbound on Interstate 205 near Stafford Road was following a 1990 Honda Accord. As the trooper checked the vehicle plate and discovered the car was reported stolen to Marion County Sheriff's Office, the car abruptly pulled to the shoulder and stopped. With the help of another trooper, the southbound lanes were briefly closed as they took the driver into custody and detained three passengers.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver, MICHAEL RAY WILLIAMSON, age 19, from Salem, for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. He was also determined to be on probation in Marion County. His probation officer issued a Probation Violation detainer as an added in-custody charge.

One of the passengers, ZACH M. CHRONISTER, age 19, from McMinnville, was cited and released to appear in court of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The other two passengers were not arrested. They were transported to a secondary location and released.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County - 10/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash reported Thursday afternoon off Highway 38 about twelve miles east of Reedsport. The victim's name and additional information is released in this update.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 2:57 p.m., OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responders were notified of the discovery of a male lying next to a motorcycle off an embankment along the north side of Highway 38 near milepost 12. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed the male was deceased.

Subsequent investigation indicated the motorcyclist, JOHN JOSEPH AMBROSINI, age 59, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to safely negotiate a right curve and went off the highway, down an embankment about 30 feet and struck a tree. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

The crash scene was discovered by the victim's friends who were checking travel routes after AMBROSINI was reported missing September 26, 2014 to Douglas County Sheriff's Office when he failed to return home from a motorcycle ride.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Bay Cities Ambulance, local fire personnel and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Motorists Should Be Extra Alert For Wildlife on Roads (Photo) - 10/03/14
October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions, statewide and nationally. With more wildlife crossing roads all over the state, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) , and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be on alert.

According to statistics from ODOT's Crash Analysis & Reporting Section, wildlife-involved traffic collisions have been on the rise in Oregon. In 2013, ODOT received reports of 1,274 such crashes, similar to the 1,283 crashes reported in 2012 and up from 1,199 reported in 2011. Overall, reports are approximately 24 percent higher than in 2008 (974 reported crashes). Officials believe the numbers are actually higher because most collisions involving wildlife result in property damage only to the involved vehicle and do not get reported to police or DMV.

Between September 27 and October 1, OSP troopers responded to four vehicle-wildlife crashes:

* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:43 a.m., a sport utility driven by a 22-year old woman was northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 3 in Grant County when an elk crossed the highway. The driver swerved to miss the elk, lost control and went off the highway where her vehicle collided head-on into a tree. The driver was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:48 a.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 134 in Grant County struck an elk crossing the highway. The injured elk was found in a field off the highway and dispatched due to its injury. The driver wasn't injured.
* On September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:22 a.m., a passenger car traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 191 in Klamath County struck a deer crossing the highway. The vehicle was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. The vehicle's airbags deployed and the driver was uninjured.
* On October 1, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m., two women received minor injuries while traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 236 in the Meacham area when their passenger car struck an elk in the traffic lane.

ODOT statistics indicate since 2004 there have been more than 9,800 reported wildlife-involved collisions in Oregon, resulting in 29 fatalities; 12 of those fatalities were motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers. Fall weather often encourages motorcycle trips, so these operators should be especially vigilant: just as you continually watch for vehicles entering the roadway, be alert for wildlife, who when startled may even go back across a road they just crossed.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane - and many crashes go unreported.

During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

ODOT produced a 2:30 video on the U.S. 97 undercrossing south of Bend showing elk and deer (and other animals) using the underpass and helping improve safety in a high-incident area. The video is available for viewing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJGRs5KRP8&feature=youtu.be.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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