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Fallen Officers to Be Honored - 02/08/16
Fallen Officers to Be Honored

SALEM, OREGON: Three fallen law enforcement officers will be honored on the Oregon House Floor on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30am.

HCR204 honors fallen Washington County Deputy Robert Talburt. Deputy Robert Talburt joined the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 1977. He was a member of the dive team and a mentor to young explorer scouts. Deputy Talburt was killed on December 14, 1984 while responding to a burglary in progress call when his patrol car hit a patch of wet mud left behind at a construction site and spun around hitting a utility pole. He died instantly. Deputy Talburt left behind his wife, Pam, their young daughter, Melody and extended family.

HCR206 honors fallen Clackamas County Deputy William Bowman. Deputy Bowman joined the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 1994. His was a member of the SWAT and Honor Guard teams. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, he worked as a paramedic for AA Ambulance and Life Flight Network. Deputy Bowman was killed on September 12, 2000 while participating in a training exercise. He is survived by his wife Corie, two daughters, Lauren and Grace, and extended family.

Prior to the reading of these HCRs, Washington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will post the colors. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Mike Vermace will offer the invocation.

A moment of silence will be held in honor of fallen Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding who was killed on Friday, February 5, 2016.

A moment of silence will also be held on the Senate Floor.

The Oregon Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors was established in 1993. Oregon C.O.P.S. is a non-profit organization that provides resources to assist families after a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. also provides support for co-workers who are affected by the loss, and training to law enforcement agencies on line of duty death and its aftermath. For more information on Oregon C.O.P.S. go to oregonpolicesurvivors.org.
Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Driver Crashes into Apartment Building (Photo) - 02/07/16
February 7, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle collided into a building causing significant damage.

On February 7, 2016 at 10:14 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to 17970 SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha concerning a vehicle that crashed into an apartment building.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Baylee Torgerson, 16, from Aloha, had been driving a 2004 Honda Pilot with her father as a passenger. It was reported that Ms. Torgerson was practicing parking in the apartment complex parking lot. It appears she accelerated and rapidly drove from the parking lot, through a fence, and into the side of the building. It is not known why she accelerated instead of braked.

The apartment was not occupied at the time of the crash. There were no injuries in the incident. The building received significant damage but appears to be habitable.
Attached Media Files: Crash Photo , Crash Photo
New WCSO Booking Photo Procedures Will Continue for the News Media - 02/03/16
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will continue the simplified procedures that make booking photos available to the news media free of charge and within an hour.

Media members may send an e-mail request to WCSOCR@co.washington.or.us with a cc to WCSOPIO@co.washington.or.us. You may request up to three different booking photos of any subject who has been in our jail. Please include as much information as you have to help ensure you receive the correct photos: name, DOB, charges, arresting agency, date of arrest, etc. You should receive the booking photos by return e-mail within an hour and free of charge.

If you do not receive the photos within an hour, or if there is a valid reason to request more than three booking photos at no charge, you may contact the PIO at (503) 209-5613. Otherwise booking photos are available for $4 each.

Thank you
January DUII Safety Patrol Results and February Patrol Announcement - 02/01/16
Impaired driving continues to be a significant problem in Washington County and the State of Oregon.

In January, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 74 impaired drivers, 7 of whom were under the influence of drugs other than or in combination with alcohol. Nine of these DUII arrests were made by deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct high visibility enforcement patrols this Super Bowl weekend and the entire month of February looking for impaired drivers. We encourage you to enjoy the NFL Super Bowl weekend responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver before the celebration begins. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The February DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of March.
DUII Driver Crashes into Parked Van (Photo) - 01/31/16
Sunday January 31, 2016 - Saturday night Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius responded to a hit and run crash involving a parked van. The investigation lead them to a Cornelius man who deputies arrested for DUII.

On Saturday January 30, 2016 at 9:19 p.m., Deputies responded to a hit and run on South Dogwood Street in Cornelius. A witness described hearing the crash and seeing a red pickup truck with a canopy driving away.

A few minutes later, dispatch received a call from John Nelson age 46 of Cornelius reporting he was in a crash and the other vehicle left the scene. Deputies responded to Mr. Nelson's home, also on South Dogwood Street. The damage to his pickup was consistent with hitting the parked van just down the street.

As deputies sorted out what happened, they determined Mr. Nelson was intoxicated and he was responsible for crashing into the parked van. He also fled the scene of the crash and called in a false report.

Mr. Nelson was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief II and Initiating a False Report.
Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter - 01/28/16
UPDATE: Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter

January 28, 2016--The Washington County District Attorney released the decision letter concerning the October 2, 2015 incident involving Phyllis Jepsen in Aloha.

Original Releases Below:

The letter is attached.

UPDATE: Aloha Woman Dies After Threatening Deputies with a Knife

October 9, 2015--Additional information released concerning the Aloha shooting.

The deputy-involved shooting last Friday in Aloha remains under investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. The incident at 18000 SW Shaw Street began as a 9-1-1 call from a concerned witness. Upon arrival, Phyllis Jepsen threatened the deputies with a knife. After attempting unsuccessfully to subdue Phyllis Jepsen with less-than lethal tactics, the deputies responded with lethal force.

The deputies involved in the incident are Dennis Strange with 10 years of service, John McCullough also with 10 years of service and Matt Humphrey with 12 years of service. As is standard procedure, all three remain on paid administrative leave. Full details about the incident will be available after the Washington County District Attorney's investigation is completed.


Saturday, October 03, 2015-- The woman involved in the confrontation with Sheriff's Deputies has been identified as Phyllis Ilene Jepsen, 55, from Aloha. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital and her next of kin have been notified.

No further information is available at this time.


Friday, October 02, 2015-- Today, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of an attempted suicide in Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene and were confronted a short time later by a woman with a knife. Deputies fired both less-than lethal and lethal rounds at the suspect. She was later transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

On Friday, October 02, 2015, at about 4:54 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an attempted suicide call at 18000 SW Shaw Street in the community of Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene, and shortly after, were confronted by a 55-year-old woman with a knife.

At some point during the confrontation one of the deputies fired less-than lethal rounds at the woman and at least one of the other deputies fired lethal rounds at her. She was struck by at least one lethal round. None of the deputies were injured. Medical personnel responded and transported the woman to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident with assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

All three deputies have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Due to the nature of the investigation, no further information is being released at this time.
Attached Media Files: DA Decision Letter
Deputies Search for a Man that Grabbed a Girl in Aloha - 01/20/16
January 20, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he reportedly pulled a high school girl's pants down and then ran off.

On January 19, 2016 at 7:42 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Blanton Street at SW 160th Avenue in the community of Aloha concerning a man that reportedly pulled a high school girl's pants down. It was reported that following the incident, the man ran east on SW Blanton Street.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect but were unable to locate anyone. Sheriff's Deputies were told that the 17 year-old girl was walking down the sidewalk toward the school bus stop when the man ran up behind her and pulled her pants partially down. The girl screamed and the man ran away. The girl was not injured during the incident. Sheriff's Deputies are working with the Beaverton School District and Aloha High School in this case.
Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation. Detectives believe this case is similar to previous incidents that occurred in the general location.

The suspect was described as being in his 20s, having lighter colored skin, with an average height and weight. He was reportedly wearing a black hoodie pulled over his head and black gym shorts.

Washington County Violent Crimes Detectives have a few general recommendations for personal safety:

* Walk in well-lit and populated areas when possible.
* Remain alert to your surroundings- avoid headphones or garments that restrict your ability to see and hear what is happening around you.
* Walk in groups when possible.
* Carry a cell phone with you at all times - call 911 if you witness suspicious activity or believe you are in immediate danger.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office offers Power Curve women safety classes free to the public. See the Sheriff's Office website for more information.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
Chief Roque
Chief Roque
New Chief Selected to Serve Cornelius Police Department (Photo) - 01/15/16
January 15, 2016 -- Beginning in July 2014, working in partnership with the Cornelius City Council, law enforcement services for the City of Cornelius have been provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Gene Moss served as Chief of Police for Cornelius and was recently promoted to Commander. With this promotion, Commander Moss will return to the Sheriff's Office Enforcement Division on January 18, 2016.

Recently promoted, Lieutenant Al Roque will serve as the new Cornelius Chief of Police effective January 18, 2016. The new Chief is familiar to the Cornelius Police Department as he served as Sergeant at the department when the police services contract between the City of Cornelius and Sheriff's Office began. Sergeant Michael Alexander and Corporal Jordan Weston, who currently serve the Cornelius Police Department, will continue as part of the leadership team. They are joined by 10 additional deputies to provide continuous law enforcement coverage.

Mayor Jeffrey Dalin said, "We are very pleased with the service that Police Chief Gene Moss and the Sheriff's Office have provided. Cornelius looks forward to welcoming back Lt. Al Roque and to the position of Cornelius Police Chief."

Chief Al Roque said, "I look forward to returning to the city and am anxious to continue the quality service we have been providing."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office values the opportunity to serve Cornelius and is honored to be chosen as the law enforcement provider for the city.
Attached Media Files: PDF , Chief Roque
Danielson Booking Photo
Danielson Booking Photo
Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Fugitive Following Extensive Search in Aloha (Photo) - 01/12/16
January 12, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglary where the suspect fled in a stolen vehicle. Thanks to a tip from an alert homeowner, Sheriff's Deputies tracked down and arrested Vincent Danielson after searching for five hours.

On January 12, 2016 at 10:09 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 7800 block of SW Miller Hill Road in the community of Aloha concerning a reported masked man who burglarized a house.

Sheriff's Deputies learned that a man, later identified as Vincent Danielson, 31, entered the SW Miller Hill Road residence and was scared off by the homeowner who was in a back room. The homeowner was not injured during the burglary. As Sheriff's Deputies were converging upon the area, a neighbor called and reported there was a green Toyota Tacoma pickup driving through the field headed towards SW Farmington Road. Sheriff's Deputies had information that Mr. Danielson had stolen a green Tacoma pickup the night before in the Bull Mountain area.

Sheriff's Deputies found the Tacoma fleeing westbound on SW Farmington Road and confirmed it was Mr. Danielson driving the stolen pickup. Sheriff's Deputies followed Mr. Danielson as he refused to stop. He drove in a large circle ending up back at Aloha south of SW Kinnaman Street where he parked the stolen truck in a driveway and fled southbound on foot.

Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Departments along with a Sheriff's K9 as the search for Mr. Danielson continued. The search continued through Aloha until about 1:30 p.m., when all leads had been exhausted. During the search, Sheriff's Deputies found a handgun dropped into a back yard and a backpack that was thrown onto a roof of a nearby house. The gun was believed to be dropped by Mr. Danielson and was suspected stolen. The backpack was also believed to have been thrown by Mr. Danielson and it contained items from a previous burglary.

Later that afternoon at 2:50 p.m., a homeowner in the 20000 block of SW Meadowbrook Way reported seeing a man matching the description of a photo they saw on the KGW website. They said the man was walking in their yard. A Sheriff's Deputy arrived and saw Mr. Danielson in the back yard of the house and began chasing Mr. Danielson into a wetland area. The Sheriff's Deputy captured Mr. Danielson as he attempted to wade through Butternut Creek. The water was chest deep but the Sheriff's Deputy persisted and arrested Mr. Danielson in the creek without further incident.

The Sheriff's Property Crimes Unit Detectives believe that Mr. Danielson is responsible for at least a dozen home burglaries where 15 firearms were stolen. He is also connected to at least six stolen vehicles. Sheriff's Detectives believe that Mr. Danielson would steal a vehicle then use it in the commission of his crimes, dump it, and then steal another vehicle. Sheriff's Deputies believed that Mr. Danielson was armed with one or more stolen firearm. Detectives have been investigating the string of burglaries since mid-December, last year.

Vincent Michael Danielson was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Theft, Felony Attempt to Elude, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and three warrants including weapons and ID theft charges. He is being held on $615,000 bail.

There will be additional charges as the investigation continues.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all the media involved in providing the public with Mr. Danielson's name and photograph to assist in his capture.
Sheriff's Office Presents Community Public Safety Academy - 01/11/16
Are you interested in learning more about your Sheriff's Office?

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Community Public Safety Academy is accepting applications for volunteers to participate in this opportunity. The Community Public Safety Academy supports the Sheriff's Office effort to promote and preserve a safe community.

The Community Public Safety Academy is a 55-hour training program combining classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community. This unique program provides community members with the opportunity to observe first-hand the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office, including:

* Introduction to law enforcement equipment
* Touring criminal justice facilities, including the County Jail
* Live-action role playing scenarios
* Overviews of crime scene investigations, patrol duties, jail activities and operations,
* K-9 teams, tactical operations, narcotics enforcement and much more.

The next Community Public Safety Academy occurs March 1, 2016 through May 10, 2016. Each academy is limited to 40 students and is offered free of charge.

Classes are every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with three weekend classes. Classes are typically held in the Sheriff's Office training rooms at 215 S.W. Adams Avenue Hillsboro. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Applications for the academy are available on the Washington County Sheriff's Office website or by visiting Sheriff's Office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor by phone (503-846-2774) or by email (darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us).
Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
K9 Tracks Down DUII Driver (Photo) - 01/10/16
January 10, 2016 - Late Saturday night Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a driver who crashed into a tree on SW Tonquin Road near Sherwood. The driver left the scene and after a K9 track he was taken into custody for DUII.

On January 9, 2016, at 10:55 p.m. Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on SW Tonquin Road near SW Morgan Road. A concerned citizen who stopped to check on the driver and call 911 reported that the driver was intoxicated. The driver, Daniel Horton, age 54 of Sherwood asked the caller not to call the police then fled scene.

When deputies arrived, they located a 2009 Acura crashed into a tree. The citizen who stopped to render assistance told deputies which way Mr. Horton ran. With the assistance of a Tigard Officer and his K9, deputies successfully tracked and located Mr. Horton. During the course of the investigation, deputies determined Mr. Horton was driving impaired and arrested him for DUII and . He was lodged in the Washington County Jail.