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Two Crashes this Evening End with Injuries and DUII Charges (Photo) - 07/18/14
Friday, July 18, 2014

Two roll-over crashes, about two hours apart, were influenced by drivers who were intoxicated. A passenger in one of the vehicles seriously injured an arm. Both drivers were arrested.

On Friday, July 18, 2014, at about 4:06 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a roll-over crash near 32380 NW Hornecker Rd. in unincorporated Washington County near the City of Cornelius. The driver, 26-year-old Wert Russert from Hillsboro, lost control of his 2003 Chevy pick up truck and left the roadway. The truck rolled at least once and came to rest on its wheels. Fire crews had to cut off the top of the truck in order to remove the passenger, a 17-year-old male. The passenger was transported to Emanuel hospital with an injured arm.

Deputies investigating the crash determined Mr. Russert was intoxicated and he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of intoxicants and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

About two hours later, at 6:09 p.m., in the community of Laurelwood, deputies responded to another roll-over crash at the intersection of SW Laurelwood Rd. and SW Parmele Rd. The driver, 25-year-old Jason Eaton of Beaverton, lost control of his 1997 Dodge pick up and rolled it an unknown number of times. Both he and his 24-year-old passenger were not hurt. Deputies determined that Mr. Eaton was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for DUII.
Deputies Search for Suspect in Drive-by Shooting (Photo) - 07/17/14
July 17, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for the person that shot a parked vehicle in Cornelius this morning.

On July 17, 2014 at about 4:39 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies, serving the city of Cornelius, were called to a residence in the 1700 block of North Davis in Cornelius, concerning a drive-by shooting. The homeowner called to report his vehicle had been shot overnight.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 GMC Envoy parked in a driveway with damage consistent with being shot with a shotgun. They found the rear glass was shot out with substantial damage to the lift gate (photos attached). Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect but were unable to locate the responsible person.

Sheriff's Deputies were told by two different neighbors that they heard a gunshot between midnight and 1:00 a.m. but did not call 911. The vehicle owner found the damage just prior to calling Deputies. There are no known suspects and it appears the vehicle was possibly randomly chosen.

If suspicious or criminal activity is suspected, the public is encouraged to immediately call the Sheriff's Office to investigate.

Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
Attached Media Files: Envoy , Envoy
Sheriff's Employee Arrested for Sexual Misconduct (Photo) - 07/16/14
July 16, 2014, Sheriff's Office employee arrested for sexual misconduct.

On July 8, 2014, the Sheriff's Office learned of possible criminal conduct concerning Jill Curry, a civilian Jail Services Technician employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office since October of 2004. The reporting person contacted the Sheriff's Office Professional Standards Unit to investigate the validity of the complaint. It was alleged that Ms. Curry had engaged in criminal activity related to her official duties while working in the Washington County Jail.

That same day, Ms. Curry was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an external criminal investigation. Sheriff Pat Garrett contacted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to request a comprehensive independent criminal investigation.

Today, July 16, 2014, Ms. Curry, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail. She is held on $120,000 bail. She is charged with six counts of first degree Custodial Sexual Misconduct and six counts of first degree Official Misconduct.

The Sheriff's Office investigates all complaints thoroughly and holds all employees accountable for their actions to maintain the highest standards.

Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "While there's a presumption of innocence in our justice system, this employee is accused of extremely serious misconduct. If the allegations are found to be true, then this employee completely violated my trust and the public's trust and will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately."

The criminal investigation is ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED
Deputies Respond to a Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Photo) - 07/12/14
July 12, 2014 - Washington County Deputies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV. The driver of the motorcycle was fatally injured as a result of the crash.

At 6:51 p.m. Deputies responded to an injury crash at SW 185th and SW Farmington Road in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival deputies learn that a motorcycle ridden by 26-year-old Andrew Barnes of Bethany was riding north on SW 185th. After crossing SW Farmington Road, he crashed into a 2008 Toyota Highlander driven by 36-year-old Heather Williams of Portland.

The initial investigation revealed that Ms. Williams pulled out of a parking lot onto SW 185th and into the path of Mr. Barnes. Deputies also learned Mr. Barnes was wearing novelty helmet, which does not meet minimum DOT safety requirements and is a violation of Oregon law.

According to the Center for Disease Control, "Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders."

The investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued.
Deputies Catch Burglar After He Falls From Tree (Photo) - 07/12/14
July 12, 2014 - Washington County Deputies responded to a call from a homeowner who found a man inside his home. The suspect assaulted the homeowner before running from the house. Deputies located the suspect in a tree where he eventually fell and was taken into custody.

At 2:40 p.m. Deputies responded to SW Pheasant Drive in the community of Aloha on a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival deputies learned the suspect fled the scene into a green space behind the home. Deputies tracked the suspect with the assistance of a Sheriff's K9.

After a search of the area, deputies located the suspect in a tree less than a mile from the victim's home. The suspect refused several orders to come down from the tree. Instead he climbed higher until he fell approximately forty feet and sustained minor injuries.

The suspect was taken into custody and later identified as 46-year-old Bret T. Davis with a last known address in Hillsboro. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Once cleared at the hospital, Mr. Davis will be transported to the Washington County Jail and charged with Burglary I, Robbery III, Assault IV and Theft II.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Rooftop Communication
Rooftop Communication
Sheriff's Office Hosts Multi-Agency Crisis Training (Photo) - 07/10/14
July 10, 2014--Some situations that law enforcement respond to involve people who are
experiencing a crisis in their lives. These incidents require the assistance of trained
professionals. The Washington County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
regularly trains to assist people in their time of need. The CNU is comprised of
Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies, the FBI, and officers from the Hillsboro,
Beaverton and Tigard Police Departments.

On July 9, 2014, the CNU hosted a multi-agency crisis training event at Hillsboro High
School. Participating in the training were Washington County CNU, Portland Police
Bureau, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office with Oregon City Police Department, Western
States Hostage Negotiator's Association, Hillsboro Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire
and Rescue and Washington County Mental Health.

The scenario based training provided the opportunity for the agencies to train side by side
and learn from each other to enhance their response individually and as a group. The
training focused on making the situation safe for all people involved, then concentrating
on active communication with the person in mental crisis or in emotional distress. There
were about 80 participants involved, including volunteer role players to help add the reallife
aspect for the negotiators. The crisis scenarios ranged from active threat situations to
suicidal situations. The Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
used ladder trucks to transport negotiators to the rooftop to negotiate with roll players in
diverse hazardous situations (photo attached).

For many years, the Washington County Sheriff's Office has trained our deputies and have
assisted other law enforcement agencies how to help people in crisis situations. This
training varies from smaller scale situations to large scale multi-agency operations similar
to the one yesterday.

The Sheriff's Office is pleased to have this opportunity to train together to provide
improved services to the citizens of Washington County and the metropolitan area. The
Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved, including the Hillsboro School
District for generously allowing the use of their school buildings to facilitate the training
in a real-life environment.

The Sheriff's Office urges anyone who hears of, or has knowledge of, someone in a crisis
situation to please notify their local law enforcement.
Attached Media Files: Rooftop Communication
Woman Arrested after Burglarizing Occupied House (Photo) - 07/06/14
July 6, 2014--Washington County Deputies arrested a woman who burglarized a home while the owner was present. The woman was captured after a search of the house.

On July 6, 2014, at about 5:14 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 17600 block of SW Alexander Street in Aloha concerning a burglary. The homeowner called Sheriff's Deputies and reported she thought someone was breaking in to her house through a rear window.

Numerous Sheriff's Deputies converged to the area to secure the house for the homeowner's safety and attempt to capture the suspect. The deputies had the homeowner safely exit the house.

As the deputies were entering the house, they saw a female run out of the rear door. Deputies quickly caught up to the female and as they attempted to detain her, she began fighting to avoid arrest. After she was handcuffed, she broke away from deputies but was again captured where she began fighting. She was identified as Shaunte Comfort, 35, from Beaverton.

The Washington County Forensic Science unit arrived to process the scene. There was several hundred dollars of damage done to the rear door and window of the house caused by Ms. Comfort.

Shaunte Comfort was lodged in the Washington County Jail. She was charged with First Degree Burglary, Escape, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief. She is held on $50,000 bail.
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.
Attached Media Files: Arrested
Deputies Search for Subway Robbery Suspect - 07/04/14
July 4, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he robbed a Subway Restaurant.

On July 4, 2014 at about 1:40 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Subway Restaurant at 10725 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was one man that robbed the 21 year-old female clerk. Multiple Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the robbery suspect came into the restaurant at 1:40 a.m., ordered a sandwich and went through the process of having the employee make it. The employee told Sheriff's Deputies that when she rang the order up, the man displayed an unspecified weapon and demanded the cash in the register.

The employee gave the man a small amount of cash and he fled on foot. The employee was not injured. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with a K9 and handler with no success.

Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation. Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing.

The man was described as a light skinned black male, 16-20 years old with a very thin build. He had longer brown and blonde streaked hair with brown eyes and was clean shaven. He was wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and white draw string. He wore dark blue denim pants and had black framed glasses.

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.
Damaged Pickup
Damaged Pickup
Helicopter Crash at Lumber Mill Injures California Man (Photo) - 07/03/14
July 3, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a helicopter that crashed on takeoff. The pilot received minor injuries.

On July 3, 2014, at 8:08 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Stimson's Lumber Mill in the community of Gaston concerning a helicopter crash.

Deputies responded and found a 1969 Bell 47G-3B-2 helicopter on its side in the gravel area next to the mill. The helicopter was a total loss from the extensive damage it received. Deputies learned that the pilot was attempting to takeoff with a bucket suspended by cables underneath. The bucket was loaded with mosquito treatment that the pilot was planning on dropping into the log ponds.

The initial investigation reveals that on takeoff, the right landing gear became entangled in the cable suspending the bucket. Witnesses told deputies the helicopter reached a height of about 20 feet before it tipped to the side and crashed.

There were four men on the ground within 40 feet of the helicopter as it attempted to takeoff. The men saw there was trouble and ran for cover behind a nearby pickup. They narrowly escaped serious injury as debris and pieces of the aircraft were launched through the air, some damaging the pickup they were behind. Another large piece of metal was catapulted through the cab of a Dodge pickup and landed about 150 feet away (photo attached).

Sheriff's Deputies found that Warren Larson, 31, from Cloverdale California was the pilot and lone occupant of the helicopter. He was treated by medical personnel for head and arm injuries and released at the scene. Warren Larson was employed for Western Helicopter Services in Newberg at the time of the crash.

The FAA was contacted and responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Attached Media Files: Damaged Pickup , Helicopter
Swim Coach Arrested for Sex Abuse, Additional Victims Sought (Photo) - 07/02/14
July 2, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives are searching for additional sex abuse victims following the arrest of a Beaverton man. There are two victims identified. Detectives fear there may be additional victims due to the man's extensive contact with children.

On June 23, 2014, at 7:07 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by the Sunset Athletic Center at 13939 NW Cornell Road to investigate a complaint that Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly, 17, from Beaverton had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint as the Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.

Preliminary information was that Mr. Kelly had been a swimming instructor at the club since October 2013. His main responsibility was to teach children how to swim and provide lifeguard services at the pool. He would teach individual and group lessons. Sheriff's Deputies learned that Mr. Kelly finished a swim lesson with children under eight years old and afterward allegedly inappropriately touched two of them in a secluded room.

Child Abuse Detectives have processed evidence and interviewed a number of people who had knowledge of the incident. Detectives fear there may be additional victims that Mr. Kelly may have abused due to his employment placing him in close proximity to children. Mitchell Kelly worked at the Beaverton Swim Center on NW Science Park Road for about eight months prior to his employment at Sunset Athletic Center.

Mitchell Kelly was arrested and transported in the Washington County Jail where he was arraigned in adult court on June 30, 2014. He is held on $250,000 bail and has been transferred to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland. He was initially charged with two counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and two counts of Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct. Complete charges will be forthcoming after the case is presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes committed by Mr. Kelly. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
Attached Media Files: Arrested
Photo from May 2014 Arrest
Photo from May 2014 Arrest
Deputies Capture Three Men after Extensive Manhunt (Photo) - 07/01/14
July 1, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies captured three men who are believed to have burglarized a house. The men fled to avoid arrest but deputies searched until all were eventually captured. One man had numerous violent crime warrants.

On July 1, 2014, at about 1:49 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 17700 block of SW Corona Lane, in the community of Aloha, concerning a burglary.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff's Office to report there were men breaking a window to gain access to an abandoned house. They told deputies there have been problems with this house in the past.

Multiple deputies converged upon the area in an attempt to capture the men. Deputies were assisted by Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Officers. As the deputies were securely containing the house, three men ran out the front door. Almost immediately, Sheriff's Deputies detained a 16 year-old male that ran.

The other two suspects were identified as another 16 year-old male and Terry Lynn Smith Jr., 20, from Aloha. Terry Smith was a wanted fugitive and had numerous outstanding felony warrants for his arrest, including robbery and weapons charges. Both men were jumping fences and running through yards and wooded areas as Sheriff's Deputies and Police Officers were actively pursuing them in the 95 degree heat.

The men continued to elude law enforcement although they were contained to an area around SW 185th Avenue and SW Salix Drive. The men split up but they both continued to run and attempt to hide. They would be periodically spotted by law enforcement and begin running again. They were steadily being contained to a rapidly reducing area as time went on. At 4:26 p.m., the second 16 year-old suspect was captured while hiding in some bushes. At 4:42 p.m., Terry Smith was captured attempting to hide behind an apartment building.

Terry Lynn Smith Jr. was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Burglary, Trespassing, and the existing warrants for First and Second Degree Robbery, Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Theft. He is held without the possibility of release.

The juveniles were turned over to Donald E. Long Detention Center pending charges.
Attached Media Files: Photo from May 2014 Arrest
Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe and Enjoyable 4th of July - 07/01/14
July, 1, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe
and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks everyone to be safe and considerate when
celebrating the 4th of July. In addition to extra patrols focused on intoxicated driving
over the holiday weekend, deputies will be prepared to enforce laws related to illegal fireworks. Using or possessing illegal fireworks is a Class C Misdemeanor.

Every year Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to complaints of holiday
gatherings that get out of hand due to intoxication and illegal fireworks. These
complaints include physical injury, property damage and neighborhood disturbances. Pets
and small children are also affected by loud noises from illegal fireworks that are used
late into the night. Citizens should also consider that damage or injury caused by a
careless act involving fireworks can bring significant civil liability.

Fire Marshals with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) will ride with Sheriff's
Deputies during the holiday. TVF&R is another agency kept very busy with fire and
medical calls on the 4th of July.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's information flyer on legal and illegal fireworks is
Please remember to be safe and considerate while celebrating this Independence Day.
Attached Media Files: Legal and Illegal Fireworks
Chief Moss, Sgt. Roque, Cpl. Trost
Chief Moss, Sgt. Roque, Cpl. Trost
Sheriff's Office Police Services Begins in Cornelius (Photo) - 06/30/14

Sheriff's Office Police Services Begins in Cornelius
June 30, 2014 -- Tomorrow at 12:01 a.m., the police services for the City of Cornelius will be officially provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office working in partnership with the city council and mayor.

The Sheriff's Office looks forward to the opportunity to serve Cornelius and is honored to be chosen as the law enforcement provider for the city.
Lieutenant (Chief) Gene Moss, Sergeant Al Roque, and Corporal Mark Trost will be the leadership team at the city. They will be joined by 10 additional deputies to provide continuous law enforcement coverage. The previous Cornelius Officers will be Sheriff's Office Deputies beginning July 1, 2014.

The previous Cornelius Officers will receive a two month training and familiarization to the Sheriff's Office which will be completed by September. Preliminary planning is for the return of some previous Cornelius Officers to patrol the city after the Sheriff's Office September shift bid.

For July and August, Cornelius will be serviced by current Sheriff's Office Deputies. During the summer transition, some deputies will be in Sheriff's Office vehicles and uniforms while some will be in Cornelius vehicles and Sheriff's Office or Cornelius uniforms. Beginning September 1, 2014, all deputies serving the city will be in Cornelius vehicles and uniforms.
--UPDATE-- Detectives Arrest Dotty's Assault and Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 06/23/14
June 23, 2014--Tonight, detectives arrested Leo Renea Robles Jr., 35, from Aloha, for assaulting and robbing the clerk at the Dotty's in Aloha on June 17, 2014. The US Marshals Office assisted the Washington County Violent Crime Detectives identify and track Mr. Robles Jr. to a business in NW Portland. Sheriff's Detectives took him into custody without incident.

The Washington County Forensics Science Unit was able to connect Mr. Robles Jr. to the crime with convincing physical evidence.

Leo Renea Robles Jr. was lodged in the Washington County Jail and held on $250,000 bail. He was charged with Robbery in the First Degree and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. Additional charges are likely to be filed as the investigation continues.

Deputies Search for Man that Assaulted and Robbed a Woman

June 19, 2014--Photos are attached showing the suspect committing the crime and later that day attempting to cash in the lottery tickets at a Hillsboro WINCO store. He was unsuccessful cashing in the tickets because the serial numbers are reported stolen.

Detectives are asking the public to look at the photos and call the Washington County Sheriff's Office with any information concerning the case.

Original release below:
June 17, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he allegedly beat a store clerk and took property.

On June 17, 2014 at about 2:29 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to Dotty's establishment at 20571 SW TV Highway in the community of Aloha, concerning an assault and robbery. Multiple Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to render aid to the victim and search for the suspect. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was one man that reportedly attacked the 32 year-old female clerk as she closed the establishment for the night.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the clerk went outside and was locking the front door behind her, closing for the night, when a man ran up to her and began striking her in the head with a solid object. The clerk said when she fell to the sidewalk; the man ran into the establishment and took an unspecified amount of lottery tickets and a small amount of cash.

The clerk was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with significant head injuries. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with a K9 and handler with no success. Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing. Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation.

The man was described as having dark skin, in his thirties with a medium build. He was reportedly wearing a light colored shirt with a Nike logo on the front wearing black colored warm-up pants with a white strip down the leg. He wore a dark ball cap and had a surgical mask covering his face.

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.
Attached Media Files: WINCO PHOTO , ROBBERY PHOTO , ROBBERY PHOTO , Arrested
Suspect in explosion
Suspect in explosion
Artists Drawing of Aloha Portable Toilet Explosion Suspect (Photo) - 06/23/14
June 23, 2014, The Washington County Sheriff's Office is releasing a sketch and suspect description from the explosive assault.

Today, Washington County Sheriff's Detectives utilized a law enforcement sketch artist to illustrate the suspect from Saturday's explosive assault injury in Aloha (sketch attached).

The suspect is described as a 15-19 year-old male with olive colored skin; he had brown eyes, short black hair, and was 5' 7" tall, weighing 140-150 pounds. He was wearing khaki shorts, an unknown type shirt and was carrying a black back pack. No facial hair was reported.

There was a third incident that occurred on June 20, 2014, but was not reported to Sheriff's Deputies until the next evening. This incident was in the 16500 block of SW Davis Street and was very similar to the mailbox explosion on SW 180th Avenue reported on June 21, 2014.

Original release below:

Deputies Responded to a Report of an Explosive Device at the International School of Beaverton

June 21, 2014 - At 12:30 p.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of an injured woman. The 40-year-old Spokane woman received an injury to the back of her head while inside a porta-potty. She was struck what was described as a small explosion. She was treated at Tuality Hospital and released.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a possible bomb at the International School of Beaverton, located at 17770 SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival, deputies rendered aid to the victim and cordoned off the area of the explosion. Subsequently the entire area was evacuated to safeguard crowds attending a regional softball tournament at the school.

Deputies then contacted the Portland Police Bureau Bomb Squad who responded to assist with a search of the area and assessment of the explosive device. The investigation determined that the explosion was very likely caused by a home made device using chemicals that are readily available at any grocery store. When this mix combined, it caused the explosive reaction. A thorough search revealed no additional devices at the school or adjacent park.

The search of the area around the school and Arnold Park took several hours and the area was re-opened to the public at 3:20 p.m.

At 3:45 p.m., Deputies received a second call regarding a similar explosive device. This originated from approximately a quarter of a mile south of the International School of Beaverton on SW 180th Avenue. The device was located by a home owner at 12:45 p.m., but not reported to deputies until later. The device was placed into a mailbox where it exploded causing minor damage. Investigating deputies believe these two incidents are related.

Washington County Sheriff's Detectives will conduct follow up interviews with the victims and witnesses in the next few days.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to call the dispatch non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and ask to speak to an on-duty deputy.
Attached Media Files: Suspect in explosion