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UPDATE: Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified - 09/20/17

September 20, 2017 -- The deceased person from yesterday's fatal shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Zven Arch (aka Reiner Ralph Schmolling, Jr.) of Hillsboro. Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate, but believe there is no danger to the public. The original media release is below.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains (Photo) - 09/19/17

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Photo
Deputy Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges - 09/19/17

September 19, 2017 -- A patrol deputy has been arrested for off-duty domestic violence related crimes.

On April 3, 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding alleged off-duty domestic violence related misconduct by Brian Waterbury, a deputy assigned to the patrol division.

On April 5, 2017, Mr. Waterbury was placed on administrative leave and the Sheriff's Office requested the Beaverton Police Department conduct a criminal investigation.

On September 18, 2017, Mr. Waterbury was arrested by Beaverton Police and booked at the Washington County Jail on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Menacing, and Tampering With a Witness. The investigation is ongoing.

An internal investigation has been initiated.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
John Minor prior mugshot
John Minor prior mugshot
Man Surrenders Peacefully After Tactical Team Callout (Photo) - 09/17/17

Media Release

Man Surrenders Peacefully After Tactical Team Callout

September 17, 2017 -- Deputies were called to a home where it was reported that a man was holding a woman against her will. The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded. The male suspect eventually came out of the home peacefully. He was arrested and charged with a restraining order violation.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 11:31 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a home in the 8800 block of SW 175th Avenue in the Cooper Mountain area of Washington County. A caller from Yamhill County reported that a woman was being held in the home against her will.

As deputies investigated, they confirmed the reported information and also learned that the woman had a current restraining order against the man. The man had previous restraining order violations. Due to officer safety concerns, the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Washington County Crisis Negotiations Unit were called to the scene.

After contact was established with the male, he surrendered peacefully.

James Minor, 35, was arrested for violating a restraining order. He will be booked at the Washington County Jail later tonight.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , John Minor prior mugshot
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Crash photo 2 of 2
Excessive Speed Suspected in Fatal Crash Near North Plains (Photo) - 09/16/17

CORRECTION: My prior release showed an incorrect age. The correct age is 58.

Media Release

Excessive Speed Suspected in Fatal Crash Near North Plains

September 16, 2017 -- A 58-year-old man died this afternoon after a car he was driving lost control and collided with a telephone pole. Speed is suspected as a contributing factor to this crash.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:47 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole at NW Dairy Creek Road and NW Oliver Hill Road, northwest of North Plains.

The initial investigation showed that the vehicle, a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, was traveling south when it lost control and collided with a utility pole. Lifesaving efforts were attempted, but the driver, 58-year-old Richard Owens, of North Plains, died at the scene.

Members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) will consult on this crash investigation. It is believed that excessive speed was a factor in this crash.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds the public to always obey posted speed limits and road safety signs.

Deputies at the scene were assisted by the North Plains Police Department, the Oregon State Police, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire and the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.

Kaylee Hathaway mugshot
Kaylee Hathaway mugshot
Three Arrests Made After Deputy Discovers Stolen Car (Photo) - 09/16/17

Media Release

Three Arrests Made After Deputy Discovers Stolen Car

September 16, 2017 -- Two women and one man were arrested after a deputy assigned to the city of Cornelius learned that a truck parked in front of a business was stolen.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 10:44 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy assigned to the City of Cornelius was checking the parking lot of a business in the 2200 block of Baseline Street. The deputy thought a vehicle in the lot was suspicious and went into the business to inquire.

An employee at the business told the deputy that some people had come into the business earlier, but had just walked away from the truck. About 20 minutes later, the deputy learned that the same truck was being reported as stolen from a construction site in the city of Beaverton.

Deputies did an area check and arrested three individuals seen walking away from the truck:

William Litton, age 24, of Hillsboro, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Hailey Elden, 23, of Tigard, was arrested and charged with Escape II, False Information to Police, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Parole Violation.

Kaylee Hathaway, 28, of Forest Grove was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear in court on drug charges.

All three were lodged at the Washington County Jail.

Wei Wang
Wei Wang
Deputy Locates Man Wanted After Brutal Assault near Seattle (Photo) - 09/16/17

Media Release

Deputy Locates Man Wanted After Brutal Assault near Seattle

September 16, 2017 -- An alert Washington County deputy located a man wanted after a brutal assault in King County, Washington. Wei Wang, 50, was lodged in the Washington County Jail and will face extradition back to Washington.

On Friday, September 15, 2017, at 8:54 p.m., an alert deputy from the Washington County Sheriff's Office was driving through the parking lot of a hotel in Beaverton when she noticed a vehicle associated with a wanted man from Washington.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff's Office had alerted Washington County police agencies to be on the lookout for Wei Wang, age 50, who was wanted after a brutal assault on the morning of September 14, 2017, in Shoreline, Washington. It was believed that Mr. Wang was possibly traveling through Oregon. King County investigators obtained a nationwide felony warrant.

Mr. Wang was contacted and arrested by patrol deputies and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He faces extradition back to the state of Washington.

After the arrest, Violent Crimes Unit detectives assisted King County investigators by preparing and executing two search warrants in Washington County.

Mr. Wang is currently being held without bail on a felony warrant from the state of Washington for their crime of Assault in the First Degree.

Questions about the assault in King County should be directed to the King County Sheriff's Office.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Wei Wang
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Deputies Pull Unconscious Wrong Way Driver From Burning Car (Photo) - 09/13/17

September 13, 2017 -- A wrong way driver crashed on Highway 26, causing his car to burst into flames. Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies cut the man's seatbelt and then pulled him from the burning car, while other deputies used fire extinguishers to try to put the fire out.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 2:39 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kevin Weisenfluh was driving east on Highway 26 near the Highway 217 interchange. Deputy Weisenfluh saw headlights coming toward him on the highway and turned on his overhead lights to try to warn the wrong way driver. However, the driver drove toward the police car lights, forcing Deputy Weisenfluh to swerve out of the way to avoid a head-on crash.

Deputy Weisenfluh got on his radio to let other deputies in the area know where the wrong way driver was headed. A very short time later, the driver crashed into the center barrier and the support posts for an overhead sign near Highway 26 and SW Murray Boulevard.

Deputy Mark Shah was the first to the crash scene and ran to the car which was heavily damaged. As he got close, the engine compartment caught fire and flames were shooting into the passenger area. Deputy Shah grabbed his fire extinguisher and used it on the engine. When the extinguisher was used up, he cut the driver's seatbelt and tried to pull him free.

Deputy Jason Waterbury and Deputy Gary Upton arrived and used their fire extinguishers, which had little effect on the flames. Deputy Waterbury and Deputy Shah then worked together to pull the driver out of the car and away from the fire. The driver was unconscious and bleeding heavily when they pulled him out, however he regained consciousness quickly. Multiple deputies and officers were on scene at that point and helped provide medical care for the driver while others helped put the fire out and block the highway.

"I'm very proud of everyone on scene, including Deputies Shah, Waterbury and Upton, for their quick and heroic actions to rescue the trapped, injured driver from his burning vehicle," Sheriff Pat Garrett said. "We are all glad no other injuries resulted from a very serious traffic crash caused by an apparent intoxicated driver. My thanks to the Beaverton Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for their terrific response and investigation."

The Beaverton Police Department is the lead investigating agency for the crash and found the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) was almost three times the legal limit.

Stolen Van and Selfie
Stolen Van and Selfie
Man Arrested After Stealing Van, Taking Selfie on Stolen Phone (Photos) (Photo) - 09/12/17

September 12, 2017 -- A man was arrested after he stole a Frontier Communications van with a phone inside. The man ditched the van and phone near the scene of the theft and deputies found him on foot nearby. Deputies discovered the suspect used the stolen phone to take selfies with stolen property.

On Monday, September 11, 2017, at 1:23 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of SW 185th Avenue and SW Jay Street in Aloha after someone stole a Frontier Communications van. A short time later, deputies found the van ditched a few blocks away. A phone and tablet were missing from the van and deputies began to track the stolen phone.

Deputies found 34-year-old Eric Fleury nearby and saw the phone on the ground. When the phone's owner unlocked it, deputies discovered Fleury had used the stolen phone to send his girlfriend photos of himself holding flowers he stole from a roadside memorial nearby. Fleury also used the phone to log into his Facebook Messenger account and told his girlfriend he had stolen a van, was running from the police, and was not going to jail.

Deputies arrested Fleury for Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Theft II, Abuse of a Memorial to the Dead, Possession of Heroin, and on a warrant for Theft II.

Booking Photos
Booking Photos
Deputies Arrest 30 During Sex Offender Compliance and Arrest Warrant Enforcement Mission (Photo) - 09/11/17

September 11, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office Criminal Apprehension Team arrested 30 individuals during a six day enforcement mission focused on out of compliance sex offenders and individuals with outstanding warrants.

Between the dates of September 3 and September 8, 2017, members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Criminal Apprehension Team (referred to as "CAT"), in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service and Hillsboro Police Department, conducted an enforcement mission focused on sex offender registration compliance checks and arrest warrant enforcement.

During the six day mission in Washington County, Criminal Apprehension Team members conducted 216 home visits, warrant, and compliance checks. Thirty people were arrested or cited as a result of the enforcement mission.

The team arrested or cited eight individuals for being out of compliance with sex offender registration. Team members also arrested 22 people for outstanding warrants.

The highly trained deputies assigned to the Criminal Apprehension Team track and arrest offenders wanted for serious felony crimes. They also verify that registered sex offenders in the county remain in compliance with the laws and their registration requirements.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Service and Hillsboro Police Department for their assistance on this important mission aimed at keeping the community safe.

Sex offenders arrested or cited for being out of compliance:

- Melvin Burrell of Portland, 65-years-old
- Robert Jones of Portland, 30 years-old
- Stephen Knell of Portland, 29-years-old
- Eduardo Miglavs of Tigard, 20-years-old
- Judah Rogers of Beaverton, 29-years-old
- Raymond Smith of Gresham, 52-years-old
- Charles Worden of Beaverton, 65-years-old

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Booking Photos
Ana Lara Booking Photo
Ana Lara Booking Photo
Mother Abandons Children to Obtain a New Tattoo (Photo) - 09/09/17

September 9, 2017 -- Mother leaves young children unattended at a city park while she acquired a new tattoo for herself. She was arrested and charged with several crimes.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5:36 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a 911 call at Harleman Park. Sheriff's Deputies were told a family found two children unattended in a public bathroom in the park.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found two children ages three and eight years-old unsupervised. The children were reportedly dropped off at the park by their mother, 28 year-old, Ana Lara from Hillsboro (photo inset), while she went to a local tattoo parlor. The children were frightened when it began to rain and hid in the park bathroom. The children were discovered by a family who was using the bathroom. They called Sheriff's Deputies to help the children.

At 6:00 p.m., Ana Lara returned to the park to pick her children up. Sheriff's Deputies believe Ms. Lara left her children unattended for at least an hour so she could obtain a new tattoo.

Ana Lisa Lara was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. She was charged with two counts each of Criminal Mistreatment in the first degree, Recklessly Endangering another Person and Child Neglect in the second degree. She is held on $10,000 bail. The children were placed in the care of a family member.

RESULTS: Deputies Arrest 72 Impaired Drivers During Enhanced Patrols - 09/08/17

September 8, 2017 -- During the month of August and through the Labor Day holiday, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted enhanced patrols focused on impaired drivers. During that period, deputies made a total of 72 driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) arrests.

Below is the breakdown of the enforcement results, by the numbers:

- Total DUII arrests: 72
- DUII arrests on grant-funded patrols: 11

Labor Day period (August 21 -- September 3):
- Total traffic stops: 47
- DUII arrests: 5
- Driving while suspended citations: 2
- Speeding citations: 2

DUII is a 100 percent preventable crime. The arrest and apprehension of DUII drivers is an enforcement priority for the sheriff's office. On average, deputies arrest 1,000 impaired drivers each year. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to drink responsibly, plan ahead, and have a designated driver or alternate method of transportation.

The original media release is below.

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August 16, 2017 - The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and through grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), provided enhanced DUII patrols during the month of July. In total, deputies arrested 65 impaired drivers during that month.

Deputies will continue extra patrols during the month of August and will provide special attention to the Labor Day holiday. These extra patrols are designed to reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads and to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal traffic crashes. Drivers who drive impaired are a leading cause of traffic deaths.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to drink responsibly, plan ahead, and have a designated driver or alternate method of transportation. Driving impaired is a choice- please do your part to keep our roads safer and make a difference this Labor Day holiday.

RESULTS: Deputies Conduct 315 Traffic Stops in 14 Days During Enhanced Patrols - 09/08/17

September 8, 2017 -- Between the dates of August 21 and September 3, deputies conducted grant-funded enhanced patrols focused on seat belt use, child safety seats, speeding, and distracted driving. During the 14 day mission, deputies made a total of 315 traffic stops.

Below is the breakdown of the traffic stop reasons, by the numbers:

- Seat belts: 24
- Speeding: 215
- Cell phone/distracted driving: 35
- Suspended driving citations: 7

Deputies remind drivers to buckle up, slow down, and only use cell phones while connected to a hands-free device. The original media release is below.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, will be continuing enhanced patrols during the month of August and through the Labor Day weekend focused on seat belt use, speeding, and distracted driving.

Drivers who are not wearing seat belts, speeding, and using mobile communication devices while driving contribute to a significant number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes each year. This mission diligently aims to reduce the number of vehicle crashes through enforcement efforts. Deputies will also continue to look for impaired drivers in an effort to save lives in Washington County.

Deputies remind drivers to buckle up, slow down, and only use cell phones while connected to a hands-free device.

Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols During Month of September - 09/08/17

September 8, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are providing extra patrols during the month of September to enhance safety on the roads.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving, deputies will also be looking for drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided in early October.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies frequently respond to numerous traffic-related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding the public to designate a sober driver, slow down, avoid distractions, and allow adequate following distances.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and happy September. Please remember to be safe and considerate while on the roads.

Deputies Conducting Seat Belt, Speeding, and Distracting Driving Enhanced Patrols - 08/29/17

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, will be continuing enhanced patrols during the month of August and through the Labor Day weekend focused on seat belt use, speeding, and distracted driving.

Drivers who are not wearing seat belts, speeding, and using mobile communication devices while driving contribute to a significant number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes each year. This mission diligently aims to reduce the number of vehicle crashes through enforcement efforts. Deputies will also continue to look for impaired drivers in an effort to save lives in Washington County.

Deputies remind drivers to buckle up, slow down, and only use cell phones while connected to a hands-free device.

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Hillsboro Man Hospitalized After Violent Assault (Photo) - 08/27/17

August 27, 2017 -- A Hillsboro man remains hospitalized after being assaulted at an early morning party.

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, at 4:20 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an assault in the 5600 block of SW Rood Bridge Road in Hillsboro. The caller reported that the victim, Jacob Gloria, 31 years old, sustained injuries to his head and was non-responsive. At the scene, deputies found Mr. Gloria with severe injuries to his head and face.

Deputies arriving in the area saw a vehicle speeding away. Deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested the passenger, Brian Autele, 43, for his involvement in the fight.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Mr. Autele has been trained in several types of martial arts. Deputies have been unable to determine a motive for the attack.

Mr. Gloria was transported to an area hospital, where he is list in serious condition. Mr. Autele has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Sheriff's Office Update Regarding Video Circulating on Social Media - 08/24/17

After a thorough investigation conducted by detectives, the Sheriff's Office identified and interviewed the woman depicted in a recent road rage-related video circulating on social media. Detectives learned she has no affiliation or relationship with the Washington County Sheriff's Office or its employees. Detectives also determined that no crimes were committed during the incident.

The Sheriff's Office takes all complaints seriously and encourages members of the community to voice their concerns. It is imperative to maintaining public trust, and is why Sheriff Pat Garrett directed this investigation to be conducted.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the community to speak out against harmful actions or words that promote prejudice made by anyone and reject hate and violence in our community. Additionally, Sheriff Garrett challenges the community to improve trusting relationships with neighbors and make new connections with people you don't know. We are stronger when we work together.

Sheriff Garrett has previously addressed the topics of supporting our diverse community and speaking out against harmful actions or words that promote prejudice. Links to those statements are below:

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs131/1114870388019/archive/1125907747484.html
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs131/1114870388019/archive/1128080306565.html