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Fatal Crash-Clatsop County (Photo) - 05/28/17

On May 28, 2017 at about 3:00 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle, fatal crash, on Hwy 101 near milepost 7.5 in Clatsop County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a passenger car, which was northbound, crossed over the center line, into the path of a semi-tractor trailer. One of the occupants in the passenger car was pronounced deceased on scene and all others involved have minor to no injuries. The roadway was closed, but is open at this time to all traffic.

At this time the names and other information is not available.

Attached Media Files: 101_ftlresized.jpg
Bend Man Loses Life in Crash-Crook County (Photo) - 05/27/17

On May 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 27, near milepost 26 in Crook County. Once on scene, they determined it was a fatal crash.

The preliminary investigation determined the operator, 51 year old, Mark Alan HIATT, a Bend resident, was operating a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup southbound on Hwy 27, when for an unknown reason, left the roadway, driving onto the shoulder where the pickup crashed into a dirt bank and came to rest upside down. HIATT died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol is being considered as a factor.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Crook County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 2017052695215551.jpg
Counterfeit Bills Used at Area Businesses-Klamath County (Photo) - 05/26/17

Members of Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command have been investigating the use of counterfeit 20 and 100 dollar bills. The investigation; with cooperation of Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Secret Service, is revealing other occurrences of these same bills.

The bills appear normal, with poor paper quality. They have unique Chinese Characters printed on the front and back of the bills and are using bright pink or red ink.

Investigators are not sure how these bills have entered the Klamath Falls Community, but have learned these same bills have been found throughout the Pacific Northwest and have been successfully used at area businesses to purchase goods.

If you are in possession of one of these bills or have any information please contact your local law enforcement.

Attached Media Files: 20b.jpg , 20.jpg
Officer cleared in shooting, Wolf Creek- Josephine County - 05/25/17

The Josephine County District Attorney, Ryan Mulkins, prepared a press release detailing the case. Refer to the attached document for information.

Attached Media Files: Press_Release_.pdf
Klamath Falls Teacher Arrested- Klamath County - 05/25/17

On May 22, 2017, the Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Criminal Investigation Division received information from the Klamath County School District that several students at Brixner Junior High School, witnessed their teacher possibly taking inappropriate pictures of students in the teacher's classroom.

The events were reported to have occurred on May 18th and May 19th and the investigation was reported and began on May 22, 2017. On May 23, 2017, a search warrant was executed and 36 year old, Matthew L. WALKER, of Klamath Falls, was arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the charge of Invasion of Person(s) Privacy.

Attached Media Files: 0524-matthew-laurence-walker.webp
We are SafeOregon
We are SafeOregon
SafeOregon (Photo) - 05/24/17

The Oregon State Police launched SafeOregon, a school safety tip line program available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon, on January 31, 2017. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to confidentially report and share confidential information of a risk or a potential risk to student safety. SafeOregon requires schools to complete a sign-up process in order for students to use it. Since SafeOregon was launched, 260 schools have enrolled and are using the tip line. That reaches approximately 110,000 Oregon students. SafeOregon gives students a way to reach out for help.

SafeOregon -- the school safety tip line -- became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety charged with improving safety and security at schools across the state. The task force was established by House Bill 4087, bringing together representatives from police, fire, school administration, teachers, school boards and service districts, along with the Governor's education and public safety policy advisors, legislators, the Oregon Department of Education and the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. The task force is chaired by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Dr. David Novotney, Willamette Education Service District.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe.

From a Principal of one School using SafeOregon today:

"In the two weeks [...] since our launch of SafeOregon we received 20 reports, 18 have been legitimate including bullying [...], suicidal feelings, sexual harassment, and drug use. Action taken has ranged from consultation with law enforcement, suspensions, or counseling the student or group of students.

In one particular instance, a student reported a girl posting suicidal thoughts on social media. SafeOregon called school administration, and the police were involved. The girl was taken to the hospital for evaluation, potentially saving her life. Another student reported her friend was being bullied. [...] The victim came up to me later, gave me a hug and thanked me for protecting and supporting him.

Tips from Students:

"They are fighting and I don't know what to do because they are both my friend and I don't want them to hate me because I don't wanna choose sides and I don't want them to get mad because I'm trying to fix things but idk."
Result: Their teacher talked to the students that were fighting and the tipsters identity was kept confidential. The tipster was acknowledged by the teacher later, without exposing his identity, for doing the right thing by reporting.

"She was talking to me in the hallway and I notice that she has cuts on her wrist and I have seen it before, she says she's depressed and she says she sad all the time"
Result: Student assessed by the school counselor. The student was not someone that was on the school's radar as having these struggles, so they were grateful for the tip.

For more information please visit www.safeoregon.com. The resource page has more information for students, parents and for schools to sign-up. Students and parents are encouraged to talk to their school administration about making SafeOregon available in their school.

It is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

Fatal Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Interstate 5 - Douglas County (Photo) - 05/23/17

A fatal commercial motor vehicle crash occurred Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 near Rice Hill.
On May 23, 2017, at about 11:20 a.m., OSP troopers and emergency medical responders were dispatched to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 154.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Peterbilt Semi-Truck and trailer loaded with lumber was southbound and for unknown reasons departed the roadway and onto the 154 Exit. The semi-truck continued south and went through the grass median and came back onto the 154 on ramp before leaving and impacting the dirt embankment on the west side of the freeway. The semi-truck and trailer came to an uncontrolled rest partially blocking the 154 on ramp.

The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The name of the operator is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The operator was wearing safety restraints at the time of crash. The 154 southbound exit and on ramp were closed for the duration of the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and North Douglas Fire and EMS.

Attached Media Files: mp154.jpg
Oregon City man dies in motorcycle crash-Clackamas County (Photo) - 05/23/17

On May 23, 2017, at approximately 8:00am, the Oregon State Police responded to a 4 vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 99 and Paquet St. in Oregon City, Clackamas County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 2 passenger cars and a motorcycle were stopped due to heavy traffic. The fourth car, a 2009 Audi, approached the line of traffic, failing to see the traffic was stopped and rear-ended the motorcycle, killing the rider. The motorcycle was pushed into the car in front of it, causing a chain reaction.

The operator of the motorcycle was 56 year old, Johnnie O. BENNETT, of Oregon City. The operator of Audi, 40 year old Michelle Higgins, also of Oregon City was not injured. The operators of the other vehicles were not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's office, Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas Fire District and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is on-going and no enforcement action has been taken at this time.

Attached Media Files: MC_F.jpg
***update-name correction***OSP Seeking public's assistance in locating witnesses of a Road Rage incident/Shooting near Millersburg- Linn County - 05/23/17

Christopher TAVERNIER was lodged in jail.
***End update***

Previous Release:

On May 22, 2017, at approximately 6:00 PM, Oregon State Police troopers responded to a call of shots fired on Interstate 5 southbound, near Millersburg, in Linn County. Callers indicated a Jeep Wrangler and a Chevrolet Silverado were travelling south on Interstate 5 when they were involved in a road rage incident.

The Jeep Wrangler was operated by 43 year old, Christopher TAVERNIER, of Eugene. The Chevrolet Silverado was operated by 23 year old, Walter FENN II, of Albany. The passenger in the Chevrolet Silverado was the operator's father, 43 year old, Walter FENN, of Lebanon. At some point TAVERNIER pulled to the shoulder, exited his vehicle and fired a shot at the Chevrolet Silverado with a handgun. There were no injuries reported.

TAVERNIER left the scene and was located in a drive-thru of Starbucks in Albany where he was taken into custody without incident and a handgun was recovered from his vehicle. CHRISTOPHER TAVERNIER was lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Menacing and Harassment. The investigation is continuing. Any witnesses to the event on Interstate 5 are encouraged to contact Trooper Dakotah Keys at the Albany Area Command, (541)967-2026.

OSP was assisted by the Albany Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Lane County woman dies after ATV crash - Lane County - 05/23/17

On May 21, 2017, at approximately 4:15pm, the Oregon State Police responded to the Mapleton Valley Fire Department after hearing on the radio of a woman being transported by a friend to the Fire Department with serious injuries. Medical personnel and OSP performed CPR on the female before she was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

The preliminary investigation has determined that 26 year old, SARA M. SMITH, from Lane County, was riding an ATV by herself in the Deadwood area and for an unknown reason, crashed. The OSP is continuing the investigation to determine the cause and location of the crash.

*** Update***Elmira Area Resident Loses Life in Fatal Crash - 126W Eugene/Veneta - Lane County (Photo) - 05/23/17

The operator of the Nissan has been identified as, 60 year old, DELLA ANN SHAVER. She was an Elmira Resident. *** End Update***


On Wednesday May 17, 2017 at about 1:20 pm, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126W between Eugene and Veneta.

The ongoing investigation revealed that a white 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, operated by 78 year old Elmira local Larry Lay, was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled over into the oncoming lane, crashing head-on into an eastbound black 2011 Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Nissan died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Lay was transported to a Springfield area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification to the family. Information will be provided as it is available.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Fire Authority, Eugene/Springfield Fire, the Lane County District Attorney and Medical Examiners offices.

Attached Media Files: Photo.jpg
Fatal Crash investigation-Clackamas County - 05/23/17

The Oregon State Police responded to a fatal crash on Hwy 99 and Paquet St. in Oregon City. There is no information available to release at this time. As soon as information is available, a detailed release will be provided.

Death Investigation at Milo McIver State Park - 05/22/17

On May 21, 2017, at about 5:37 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a deceased male at the Milo McIver State Park.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a hiker was walking on the Dog Creek Trail in the Milo McIver State Park when they came across a deceased male, later identified as William W. KEMP, age 65, of Milwaukie. Initial indicators revealed that the cause of death may have been medically related.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, Estacada Fire Department, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

No further information will be released at this time and no photographs regarding this incident are available.

Warrenton Woman Loses Her Life in a Fatal Crash on US-101 - Clatsop County - 05/20/17

On May 19, 2017, at about 11:10 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on US-101 near milepost 17 (north of Gearhart).

Preliminary information indicates that a 2016 Toyota Corolla, operated by Wendi ROBINSON, age 42, of Warrenton, had been seen driving at high speeds heading south towards Seaside. A witness reported observing the Corolla lose traction and ultimately drive off the western edge of the roadway. The Corolla had overturned and came to rest, partially submerged in three feet of water. ROBINSON was extricated from the vehicle by first responders who arrived on the scene. CPR was attempted but ROBINSON was pronounced deceased at the scene.

One lane was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department and Medix. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Highway 6 Crash Takes Life of a Rockaway Man - Washington County (Photo) - 05/19/17

On May 19, 2017, at about 11:41 a.m., a driving complaint was called into Washington County Sheriff's Office Dispatch regarding a green Toyota Rav4 that was driving erratically, traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 34. At about 11:47 a.m., while Washington County Sheriff Deputies were attempting to locate the vehicle, Washington County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle, head-on crash, on Highway 6 at mile post 37.5 involving the same green Toyota that was called in previously. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash scene (west of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Toyota Rav4, operated by David John WISE, age 80, of Rockaway, was traveling eastbound on Highway 6, when for unknown reasons he crossed into the oncoming westbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2006 Jayco Motorhome, operated by Marcus Reid HOLCOMB, age 46, of Scappoose. WISE was pronounced deceased at the scene and HOLCOMB was not injured.

Highway 6 was closed with one lane open intermittently for approximately three hours for the crash investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Banks Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire Department and the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Photo1 , Photo2
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses of a Hit And Run Crash - Douglas County - 05/19/17

On May 19, 2017 at about 9:38 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 158 (north of Sutherlin).

Preliminary information is a log truck and a white commercial motor vehicle with white trailer were traveling southbound when they collided. The white commercial motor vehicle left the scene but was later found and driver was identified.

OSP is asking any witnesses to his incident or persons with information to call 503-375-3555 (Case number SP17164277). More information will be released as it becomes available.

OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating a Missing Person - Josephine County (Photo) - 05/18/17

The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing adult female who was last seen in Williams, Oregon on March 2, 2017.

Kimberly Ann MERICLE, age 46, has an associated vehicle that is a burgundy Isuzu Rodeo, Oregon License Plate # 004 HSN. She is a white female, 5'3" tall, weighs 120 pounds, chin length brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of MERICLE, please contact:

Oregon State Police Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950 or the Southern Region Communications Center (Dispatch) at 541-776-6111

Attached Media Files: Bulletin , Photo
Media Alert- Safe Kids Event Thursday May 25, 2017 at Capitol Mall Park (Photo) - 05/18/17

May 25, 2017- The Oregon State Police in partnership, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the FBI's Missing Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CARD) are hosting a Safe Kids event from 11:00 to 3:00 pm at the Capitol Mall Park in Salem, Oregon.

This event is happening on National Missing Children's day to help bring awareness to the over 450 missing children, who are currently missing from Oregon.

What: OSP's Safe Kids Event for National Missing Children's Day

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:00 to 3:00 pm (Speakers begin at 11:00)

Where: Capitol Mall Park, just north of the Capitol Building, Salem

Speakers will be:
* Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton
* Dr. Nici Vance, Forensic Anthropologist
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Desiree Young (Kyron Horman's mother)
* SSRA Kevin Damuth, FBI Missing Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team

* National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
* Homeland Security Investigations
* Oregon State Police's Criminal Division
* Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
* Oregon State Police's Forensics Unit and Truck
* Mountain Wave Search & Rescue

Fatal Crash Claims the Life of a Sutherlin Woman on Highway 20 at the Santiam Junction - Linn County (Photo) - 05/15/17

On May 15, 2017 at about 10:04 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 75 (at the Santiam Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2001 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Lucas ETTINGER, age 33, of Salem, was travelling eastbound on Highway 20 at the Santiam Junction when a 1993 Ford F250 pickup, operated by Willard METZLER II, age 57, and passenger, Dana METZLER, age 63, both of Sutherlin, was travelling westbound and turned in the path of the Toyota. The Toyota collided with the Ford nearly head-on.

Dana METZLER suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants received minor injuries and were transported by third party for treatment of their injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by the Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire Department, Black Butte Ranch Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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

Attached Media Files: Photo
Veneta man dies in single vehicle crash - Lane County (Photo) - 05/14/17

On May 14, 2017 at about 7:30 pm, troopers responded to a single vehicle crash near milepost 11 on Highway 126E just east of Springfield.

The preliminary investigation indicated a maroon 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, operated by Veneta resident 34 year old James Lee Hammons, was eastbound and for unknown reasons, went over the oncoming lane and off the roadway striking a tree. Hammons died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

OSP was assisted on-scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Springfield Fire and Rescue and McKenzie Fire and Rescue.

Pendleton Man Dies in Crash on Hwy 97 (Photo) - 05/13/17

On May 13, 2017, at approximately 5:00 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle crash on HWY 97 near MP 50. The crash resulted in a single fatality of a passenger, identified as Shawn Campbell (age 39 from Pendleton).

The preliminary investigation indicates the driver, identified as Tiarra Burnette (age 40 from Pendleton), was driving a white 2012 Kia Ultima northbound on HWY 97. Hail began to come down and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle fishtailed, struck an embankment, and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on the driver side. Campbell was in the rear passenger seat and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger, identified as Joseph R. Perilli (age 28 from Pendleton) and Burnette were not injured.

OSP was assisted by Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Sherman County Fire & Rescue. All occupants were wearing seat-belts.

Attached Media Files: output.jpg , output-2.jpg
Two Officers Assaulted and Male Suspect Deceased in Florence- Update names of officers added-- - 05/13/17

*** Update*** The names and photos of the officers have been added. No other information is being released***


On May 8, 2017, at approximately 9:00 AM, Oregon State Police troopers were notified of assistance needed at the Florence Police Department (PD) Jail. Troopers and officers responded and found two officers had been seriously assaulted when they were attempting to release a 40-year-old male from the custody of the Florence PD jail. As medics arrived to attend to the two officers, who were assaulted, the male became non-responsive and medics turned their attention to him. The male was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Division was requested to assist with the investigation. The two officers were transported to a hospital for their injuries.Both officers are employed by Florence Police Department. Ken Larson has been with Florence PD for 24 years and Stephanie Sansom has been employed for one year.

There is no further threat or danger to the public and any further information release will have to be approved through the Lane County District Attorney's Office.


Attached Media Files: FW__Sansom__and__Larson_Photo.zip
Western Oregon University Student Dies in Crash on I-5 in Salem (Photo) - 05/10/17

On May 9, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on I-5 near MP 256 (in Salem). The crash resulted in a passenger, identified as Brandon Lin (age 22 from Portland) losing his life in surgery from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2006 Honda Accord was traveling northbound in the B (middle) lane and an Affordable Tow truck was northbound in the C (slow) lane. The driver of the Honda, identified as Laurie Son (age 18 from Beaverton), changed lanes into the tow truck and lost control. The driver of the tow truck was identified as Andrew Hillman (age 26 from Portland).

The Honda impacted a tree on the right shoulder. The right front passenger of the Honda, identified as Jeremy Danh (age 22 from Portland) and Laurie Son received minor injuries. Andrew Hillman was not injured.


Attached Media Files: salem.jpg
Motorcycle operator Dies Near The Dalles (Photo) - 05/10/17

On May 10th at approximately 1:15 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle call. The responding trooper arrived on scene of a motorcycle laid against the guardrail. After some searching, the driver of the motorcycle was located with injures. The driver was transported, by EMS, to the hospital but succumbed to the injuries while en route to the hospital.

The driver was located approximately 330 feet behind the location of the motorcycle over the guardrail about 35 feet down an embankment in some tall grass. The driver stated he had blacked out while riding eastbound on I-84 near milepost 92.

The name of the driver will be released at another time to give the family more time for notifications

Attached Media Files: the_dallas.jpg
Fatal Plane Crash Near Klamath Falls - 05/10/17

On May 10, 2017 at approximately 10:40 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency workers responded to a report of a fatal small plane crash near a bypass road of Hwy 39.

The initial information is the small jump plane crashed into a local field. There is confirmation of one fatal. No other information is available at this time.


Fatal Commerical Motor Vehicle Crash near Banks (Photo) - 05/09/17

On May 9, 2017 at 2:35 PM OSP Troopers and emergency workers responded to a two commercial motor vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 6 near milepost (MP) 35.

Preliminary information indicates a westbound Isuzu box truck was negotiating a left hand curve when it crossed the centerline and entered into the eastbound lane. Traveling eastbound was a loaded chip truck. The driver of the chip truck attempted to avoid the collision but the two commercial motor vehicles collided striking driver side headlight to driver side headlight. After the collision, the chip truck hit the embankment and crossed the westbound lanes. The chip truck traveled down another steep embankment and came to rest.

The driver of the box truck was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the chip truck was transported to a Portland hospital, via ground ambulance, in stable condition.
The names of the drivers will be released at another time to give families more time to make the necessary notifications.


Attached Media Files: hwy_6.jpeg , hwy_6.2.jpeg
Eagle Point man loses life in crash - Jackson County (Photo) - 05/09/17

On May 9, 2017, at approximately 9:50am, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 140 at the intersection of Kershaw Road. The crash scene is approximately three miles north east of Medford, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation determined that 80 year old Allan CAMPBELL, of Medford, was operating a 2004 Ford pickup and was northbound on Kershaw Road. After stopping at the controlled intersection (stop sign) he proceeded north across Hwy 140. The operator of the 2001 Honda motorcycle, 21 year old Hunter HOEPTNER of Eagle Point, was westbound on Hwy 140 and as he approached the intersection, crashed into the side of the Ford. HOEPTNER was pronounced deceased on scene. CAMPBELL was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The speed of the motorcycle is being considered as a factor in the crash.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Fire District 3, Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 140_Kershaw.JPG
Wrong Way Driver Dies on I-84 Near Baker City - 05/09/17

On May 7, 2017 at approximately 9:45 PM, Oregon State troopers received a call regarding a wrong way driver on I-84 near mile marker 294. While troopers were on the phone with the complainant, the suspect vehicle (a black Ford Focus) crashed (side swiped) into an eastbound commercial motor vehicle. The driver of the Ford Focus was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary information indicated the driver of the Ford Focus was identified as Joseph Sizemore (age 32 from Pendleton). Sizemore had just left the Baker Valley rest area and traveled westbound into the eastbound lanes. The Ford Focus crashed into a 2016 Freightliner commercial vehicle (CMV) tractor/trailer. The 2016 CMV was being driven by Jonathan M Lawrence (age 26 from Hammond, Indiana). After the initial crash, the 2016 CMV's trailer crashed into another CMV (a 2013 Freightliner) being driven by Isaac J. Pitts (age 34 from Hahira, Georgia).

Neither of the CMV drivers were injured but, due to the damage, both CMVs had to be towed from the scene. The cause of the crash is being investigated as possible impairment of Sizemore.

Albany man loses life in crash - 05/05/17

On May 5, 2017 at approximately 12:40am, the OSP responded to a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near the Santiam Rest Area in Marion County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 49 year old Edward Scott SCHMIDT, from Albany, was operating a 2011 Chevrolet pickup and was southbound on Interstate 5 when he drove into the back of a semi-truck that was parked in the "gore point" - the area between the interstate's slow lane and the exit lane. SCHMIDT was pronounced deceased on scene and the operator of the semi-truck was not injured.

There is no further information available at this time.

OSP looking for witnesses to reckless driving incident on I-5 in Albany area - 05/02/17

OSP is seeking any information from victims or witnesses to a reckless driving incident occurring at around 8:30 pm on May 1, 2017.

The incident occurred on I-5 south of Albany in the northbound lanes. A black Chevy Silverado was reported to have been driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, forcing a dark colored Toyota Prius and a white Chevy Silverado off the roadway. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Trooper Normand at the OSP patrol office in Albany at (541) 967-2026.

Media Advisory: Impaired Driving Event Being Held At Madras High School - 05/02/17

On May 3, 2017 the Oregon State Police along with it's public safety partners will be presenting to the student body of Madras High School about the dangers of impaired driving.
This event, "Every Fifteen Minutes", is a two day event to illustrate the impact to friends, family and peers when someone is killed in an impaired driving crash. Here is more information http://www.everyfifteenminutes.org/aboutus/

On day two, May 3, 2017, media is invited to attend the final assembly where a simulated crash scene is shown to the student body following an assembly. Media is asked to arrive at Madras High School at 12PM on May 3, 2017 and check into the office. Media is asked to rsvp with Oregon State Police by emailing Captain Bill Fugate at bill.fugate@state.or.us.

Attached is the schedule of events for May 3, 2017.

Attached Media Files: MAY_3RD.docx
Coos Bay woman dies in crash on Hwy 101 - Coos County (Photo) - 05/01/17

On April 30, 2017 at approximately 3:20pm, the OSP and emergency personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 222, which is in Coos County approximately 13 miles north of North Bend.

The preliminary investigation determined that a 1998 Dodge van was northbound on Hwy 101 and for an unknown reason, left the roadway and drove into the path of a tree. The operator of the Dodge van, 54 year old, Susan Katherine MULLENS was pronounced deceased on scene as a result of the injuries sustained. MULLENS, who is from Coos Bay was wearing her seat belt. The juvenile passenger, who was not wearing her seat belt, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Bay Area Hospital.

There were three dogs in the vehicle, two did not survive the crash, but the third was transported a local veterinary hospital in Reedsport and treated for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Coos County Sheriff's office, Hauser Fire Department, Lakeside Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Coos Bay Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: Crash_101JPG.JPG