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--UPDATE--Gaston Man Arrested after Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle (Photo) - 09/24/14
UPDATE:

September 24, 2014--Today, about 4:00 p.m., Alexander Fastabend was released from the hospital and arrested for the crimes he is accused of committing on September 18, 2014 (booking photo attached).

Alexander Fastabend was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with First Degree Arson, Second Degree Assault, Attempted Second Degree Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and First Degree Criminal Mischief. He is held on $500,000 bail. Alexander Fastabend's arraignment will be on September 25, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Center.

The Washington County Deputy Sheriff injured in the crash is expected to make a full recovery in the coming weeks.

Original Release below:

Gaston Man Arrested after Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle

September 18, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies attempted to assist a man that had overdosed on medication in an attempt to harm himself. The man refused care and drove a vehicle at a high rate of speed into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing substantial damage and minor injuries prior to his arrest.

On September 18, 2014 at 3:02 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 47000 block of SW Fluke Drive in the community of Gaston concerning a man that reportedly overdosed. Family members called and reported Alexander Fastabend, 22, had intentionally ingested a large number of pills. The family members believed that Mr. Fastabend wanted to cause himself harm. It was reported Mr. Fastabend had armed himself with an unknown type of hand saw while in the residence.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Gaston Fire District. The deputies were able to safely get the family out of the residence to remove them from potential harm. Members of the Sheriff's Office Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) were arriving to open the lines of communication with Mr. Fastabend to provide him with assistance.

Prior to talking to MHRT, Mr. Fastabend quickly exited the house, jumped into a 2014 Honda Accord and sped down the long gravel road toward SW Old Highway 47. As Mr. Fastabend sped down the gravel road, an OSP Trooper had to leap out of the way to avoid being struck by the Accord.

At the intersection of Fluke Drive and SW Old Highway 47, the driver rapidly accelerated head-on into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing major damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles came to rest across SW Old Highway 47 into a farm field over 100 feet from the collision (photos attached).

After the crash, Mr. Fastabend bolted from the Accord and ran into a nearby corn field. The corn stalks were over six feet tall. As deputies and fire personnel tended to the injured deputy, additional deputies and OSP began their search for Mr. Fastabend. Within seven minutes, Mr. Fastabend emerged from the corn field holding a large butcher type knife in his hand. Deputies and OSP immediately converged on him and were able to quickly and successfully deploy their Tasers and take Mr. Fastabend into custody without further incident.

It was later discovered that Mr. Fastabend started a fire in the residence before fleeing in the Accord. The fire was mostly extinguished prior to its discovery due to the lack of combustible materials.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team and the Washington County Forensic Science Unit responded to assist with scene documentation, measurements, speed estimates and evidence processing. Washington County Detectives were called to assist with the investigation.

The Sheriff's Deputy in the crash had minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He suffered minor head and upper body injuries.

Alexander Fastabend was taken to the hospital for medical attention. He is potentially facing First Degree Arson and Second Degree Assault charges when he is released from the hospital. There are additional charges possible as the investigation continues.
Attached Media Files: Crash photo , Crash photo , ARRESTED
Sheriff's Deputies Complete Scoggins Creek Fire Assistance - 09/23/14
September 23, 2014--The Washington County Sheriff's Office completed their assistance with the Scoggins Creek Fire incident. The Sheriff's Office worked in partnership to assist numerous local and state agencies as they combated the fire.

From September 19 through September 23, 2014, the Sheriff's Office maintained a command law enforcement presence near the fire. The long dry summer combined with hot temperatures, winds and a very dry fuel source made the fire very volatile and unpredictable.

On September 19, the Sheriff's Office was requested to begin preparing the local residents for possible evacuations and provide road closures. There was continuous access allowed for residents and fire personnel. The Sheriff's Office was requested to close Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake for fire fighting base camp operations and to ensure their was no interference to water retrieval efforts.

On September 19 at about 5:00 p.m., the fire was upgraded and the Washington County Sheriff's Office was requested to provide evacuation notices to residents on SW Stepien Road. There were 49 homes evacuated due to the fire spreading rapidly and the high potential for lose of property and life. Almost 70 other homes on surrounding roads were placed on alert for possible evacuation.

At 4:00 p.m., September 21, 2014, as the fire was being partially controlled, the Sheriff's Office was advised it was safe for residents to return home. Sheriff's Deputies began contacting all of the evacuated residents informing them it was deemed safe to return home.

Sheriff's Office personnel maintained an around the clock security presence to secure the area since the fire began. The Sheriff's Office set up their Mobile Command Vehicle for the first three days. As the fire was controlled, the Sheriff's Office security demands were reduced. The deputies presence was scaled back to meet the immediate needs.

Tonight, the fire is 100% contained and the last of the fire crews will be vacated from the park. Tomorrow morning, September 24, at 5:30 a.m., Scoggins Valley Park, the lake and both boat ramps will be open to the public with no restrictions.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Scoggins Valley Park, Gaston Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire Department and the many additional regional and state agencies that contributed, seemingly tirelessly, to bringing this fire to a rapid and safe resolution.
Pursuit leads to Arrest of Man for Reckless Driving - 09/21/14
Saturday, September 20, 2014-- A traffic stop and pursuit, results in the arrest of a 26-year-old man

Sheriff's Deputies serving the City of Cornelius stopped a vehicle on September 20th at 3:08 a.m., on South 10th Avenue at South Flax Plant Road for several traffic violations. As the deputy approached the car, the driver took off at a high rate of speed. The deputy did not pursue the green Cadillac, but radioed the information to other deputies serving the City of Cornelius.

A second deputy saw the suspect vehicle traveling north bound on S 10th Ave. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect refused to stop and led the deputy on a pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect threw property out of the window. The suspect vehicle eventually stopped at NW Susbauer Road and NW Hobbs Road.

The driver, Kyler Martin of Beaverton, was arrested without further incident. Deputies found paper money along the side of the road that they suspect Mr. Martin threw from the car. They also found about five ounces of marijuana in the car. Mr. Martin was booked into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:
* Attempt to Elude Police
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Passenger in the car)
* Offensive Littering
* More charges may be pending.
Drug Turn-in Event - 09/19/14
Flier Attached
Attached Media Files: Drug Turn-in Flier
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Gaston Man Arrested after Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle (Photo) - 09/18/14
September 18, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies attempted to assist a man that had overdosed on medication in an attempt to harm himself. The man refused care and drove a vehicle at a high rate of speed into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing substantial damage and minor injuries prior to his arrest.

On September 18, 2014 at 3:02 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 47000 block of SW Fluke Drive in the community of Gaston concerning a man that reportedly overdosed. Family members called and reported Alexander Fastabend, 22, had intentionally ingested a large number of pills. The family members believed that Mr. Fastabend wanted to cause himself harm. It was reported Mr. Fastabend had armed himself with an unknown type of hand saw while in the residence.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Gaston Fire District. The deputies were able to safely get the family out of the residence to remove them from potential harm. Members of the Sheriff's Office Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) were arriving to open the lines of communication with Mr. Fastabend to provide him with assistance.

Prior to talking to MHRT, Mr. Fastabend quickly exited the house, jumped into a 2014 Honda Accord and sped down the long gravel road toward SW Old Highway 47. As Mr. Fastabend sped down the gravel road, an OSP Trooper had to leap out of the way to avoid being struck by the Accord. At the intersection of Fluke Drive and SW Old Highway 47, the driver rapidly accelerated head-on into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing major damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles came to rest across SW Old Highway 47 into a farm field over 100 feet from the collision (photos attached).

After the crash, Mr. Fastabend bolted from the Accord and ran into a nearby corn field. The corn stalks were over six feet tall. As deputies and fire personnel tended to the injured deputy, additional deputies and OSP began their search for Mr. Fastabend. Within seven minutes, Mr. Fastabend emerged from the corn field holding a large butcher type knife in his hand. Deputies and OSP immediately converged on him and were able to quickly and successfully deploy their Tasers and take Mr. Fastabend into custody without further incident.

It was later discovered that Mr. Fastabend started a fire in the residence before fleeing in the Accord. The fire was mostly extinguished prior to its discovery due to the lack of combustible materials.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team and the Washington County Forensic Science Unit responded to assist with scene documentation, measurements, speed estimates and evidence processing. Washington County Detectives were called to assist with the investigation.

The Sheriff's Deputy in the crash had minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He suffered minor head and upper body injuries.

Alexander Fastabend was taken to the hospital for medical attention. He is potentially facing First Degree Arson and Second Degree Assault charges when he is released from the hospital. There are additional charges possible as the investigation continues.
Attached Media Files: Crash Photo , Crash Photo
Registration for Women's Safety Fair Begins Today - 09/18/14
See Attached Flier
Attached Media Files: Safety Flier
Homicide Suspect Composite Drawing
Homicide Suspect Composite Drawing
--UPDATE--Detectives Search for Suspect in Cedar Mill Homicide (Photo) - 09/15/14
--UPDATE--

September 15, 2014 -- Detectives Release Composite Drawing of Possible Homicide Suspect.

Today, September 15, 2014, Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives released a composite drawing of the man suspected of killing Nicole Laube on August 19, 2014. The drawing was obtained from a witness that reportedly saw the man in the area at the time of the homicide. It is unknown if Nicole Laube knew the man in the composite drawing.

The Washington County Search and Rescue team previously searched the wooded area along a creek bed that travels through the Commons at Timber Creek apartment complex. That search recovered items of interest that are currently being analyzed to determine if they have any evidentiary value.

Detectives have been investigating every lead received from the public. Several people have been interviewed and have provided information and evidence to detectives. Detectives are reaching out to citizens, if anyone recognizes the man in the composite drawing or has additional tips to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.

A substantial cash award has been offered by a private citizen for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Nicole Laube's death.

Original press release below:

August 20, 2014--Detectives are searching for information related to a homicide that occurred yesterday evening.

On August 19, 2014, at about 5:10 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Commons at Timber Creek apartments in the community of Cedar Mill, concerning a seriously injured woman. Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by an apartment resident who reported that a female came to her and told her that she had been stabbed. Another resident called the Sheriff's Office for assistance.

Numerous Sheriff's Deputies responded and found Nicole Laube, 29, from Forest Grove, outside, unconscious and bleeding. Sheriff's Deputies began administering emergency lifesaving assistance for Ms. Laube. Nicole Laube was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. She was an employee of the apartment complex working unspecified duties at the time.

And intensive man hunt was conducted with K9s and over 20 law enforcement personnel from surrounding agencies. The search was not successful in locating the suspect. Little information is confirmed at this early stage of the investigation as detectives search through evidence and conduct interviews.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The Washington County Forensic Science Unit also responded to assist in searching for evidence and process the scene.

The Washington County Medical Examiner was on scene and confirmed the death as homicidal violence but could not confirm the exact cause of death. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Missing Man's Car
Missing Man's Car
Detectives Search for Missing Man (Photo)---UPDATE--- Ronald Leckenby is victim name - 09/12/14
September 12, 2014-Detectives are searching for a man that reportedly walked into the woods. This case is being treated as suspicious due to many circumstances.

On September 9, 2014, Pearce Leckenby, 25, contacted the Washington County Sheriff's Office to report his father has been missing since about noon on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Pearce told the Sheriff's Deputy that he drove his father, Ronald Leckenby 45, from Aloha, to Silver Falls State Park in Marion County on September 6, 2014.

Pearce said Ronald got out of the vehicle and after making some comments walked through a heavily wooded area near the park. Ronald Pearce left his wallet, cellular phone and other personal items in the vehicle. Ronald has not shown up for work and has not contacted anyone close to him. It is very unusual for Ronald to be out of contact with his family and friends for this extended period of time.

Washington County Violent Crimes Detectives began assisting with the case. They are conducting extensive interviews to gather information that will assist in locating Ronald Leckenby. The Marion County Sheriff's Office searched the Silver Falls Park area but was not able to locate Ronald Leckenby. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue will conduct a search of the area close to Silver Falls State Park on September 13, 2014.

Ronald Leckenby is described as 5'9" tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last reported wearing a brown suit when he went missing. The vehicle associated with Ronald Leckenby was a white 2014 Nissan Altima with a DMV temporary permit in the rear window and CARR dealership placards in the license plate locations.

Photographs of Ronald Leckenby and his vehicle are attached.

Detectives are asking anyone may have seen Ronald Leckenby or the Nissan Altima on Saturday September 6, 2014, between the community of Aloha and the Silver Falls State Park area, to please contact the Sheriff's Office.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Leckenby, please call 503-629-0111. Any additional information concerning the case should be forwarded to Detective Gary Jensen at 503-846-2742.
Attached Media Files: Missing Man's Car , Missing Man
Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz Results - 09/10/14
UPDATE: September 10, 2014--Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz results.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Team reports the results from the Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz enforcement. The saturation enforcement was conducted in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These results are from the reporting period starting August 25, 2014, and continuing through September 7, 2014.

Total traffic contacts: 824
Safety Belt Violations: 114
Speed Violations: 377
Cell Phone/Texting Violations: 92
Additional Violations: 468 which includes a variety of traffic safety violations

There will be continued enhance traffic enforcement missions later this year.

Deputies Provide Enhanced DUII and Seatbelt Patrol

August 13, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the extended Labor Day holiday period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. The Labor Day holiday period is one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday period, deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

Deputies will be providing extra DUII patrol from August 15, 2014 through September 2, 2014. There will also be a Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz beginning August 25, 2014 and continuing through September 7, 2014. The results will be provided at the conclusion of these traffic safety missions

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies regularly respond to traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt, and secure children in properly fitted child restraints. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommendation for child passenger's link is attached. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS
Sheriff's Report on Illegal Park Damage From Posting Signs At Hagg Lake - 09/09/14
We appreciate everyone's questions regarding an incident at Hagg Lake this week. Feedback on our services is always welcome, as well as a chance to share more information when we can on an incident. With permission of the District Attorney, we are releasing the police report to ensure you have the full facts.

Mr. Medill was hanging his signs by drilling lag bolts into trees and structures, damaging public property in the Sain Creek Picnic Area. The deputy explained to Mr. Medill that his actions were against the law and asked him to stop. Mr. Medill said he knew it was illegal and he would continue placing signs in violation of the law. The Parks Department manager requested enforcement action. This placed our deputy in a tough position.

With approval of a supervisor on scene, and after giving Mr. Medill an opportunity to stop without any consenquences, the deputy took action to abate further damage to the park. He issued a citation (in lieu of going to jail) to Mr. Medill for Criminal Mischief II and notified him he was trespassed from the area. Mr. Medill replied that he would return to place more signs if needed.

Given the totality of facts and circumstances, the Sheriff's Office fully supports the actions of our deputy in this case.

The Sheriff's official report is attached.
Attached Media Files: Official Report
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DUII Arrest - Colt Lyerla (Photo) - 09/07/14
Due to the number of requests received by the media, the Washington County Sheriff's Office is providing the following details.

Mr. Colt Lyerla was arrested on Saturday September 6 at 2:52 a.m. for the crime of DUII. Mr. Lyerla was stopped by a patrol deputy for traffic violations. During the stop the deputy developed probable cause for DUII. The DUII was for impairment not related to alcohol.

Mr. Lyerla was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail. He was released at 8:37 a.m. Saturday morning with a court date of September 17, at 8:30 a.m.

No further information is available at this time.
Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1128/77581/LYERLACOLT.JPG
Apt Fire Photo
Apt Fire Photo
Detectives Arrest 11 Year-old for Arson (Photo) - 09/05/14
September 5, 2014--Sheriff's Detectives arrested a young boy accused of causing significant arson damage that is also believed to have started several other fires in the area.

On July 27, 2014, Sheriff's Deputies responded to assist Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) with an apartment carport fire. Deputies met with the TVF&R Fire Marshal at the Canyon Park Apartments at 4200 SW 107th Avenue in the community of Beaverton. Deputies found a carport fully engulfed in fire with five vehicles completely burned and 10 others damaged from the intense heat. The vehicle and carport loss damage is estimated to be over $200,000. Fortunately, there were no injuries from this fire.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a detective that specializes in investigations involving arson and explosions. The Sheriff's Detective discovered the July 27th fire was intentionally set in a recycling area and quickly spread to the carport. During the investigation, the detective discovered there had been two previously unreported fires. The first unreported fire occurred on July 14th where paper was ignited under an exterior gas meter. That fire was quickly extinguished with minor damage. The second unreported fire took place in 2013 in a recycling bin close to a carport area. That fire was also quickly extinguished with minor damage.

After the large July 27th fire, there were two additional unreported fires in the apartment complex. Between August 1st and 10th, there was an intentional fire in a bush and another in a bark dust area by some trees. The Sheriff's Office became increasingly concerned with the suspect's behavior as the fires continued to be intentionally set in areas that potentially placed many people in danger.

In late August, the Sheriff's Detective identified an 11 year-old boy as the person suspected of starting all of the fires. The boy lives in the apartment complex in close proximity to the fires. On August 26th, the boy was arrested and transferred to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility where he is currently held pending trial. He has been charged with three counts of First Degree Arson, Attempted First Degree Arson, Second Degree Arson and First Degree Criminal Mischief.

Our public safety partners at TVF&R offer informative information to educate your children about the importance of fire safety and the dangers associated with unsafe activities involving fire. The Sheriff's Office urges parents to visit the TVF&R website (http://ortualatinfireandrescue.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=140) for great educational resources and information. If you suspect arson or are concerned about public safety, always report those concerns to your local law enforcement for further investigation.
Attached Media Files: Apt Fire Photo , Apt Fire Photo
-----RESULTS----DUII results for the Labor Day Weekend reporting period - 09/02/14
UPDATE: September 2, 2014--DUII results from the Labor Day holiday weekend.

During the recent Labor Day holiday weekend, reducing the deadly dangers from impaired drivers was an enhanced priority and deputies were out in force to arrest those who put themselves and others at risk.

In the reporting period between 4:00 p.m. on August 29, 2014, through 2:00 a.m. on September 2, 2014, Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 12 impaired drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. There were no traffic related fatalities reported in Washington County during the reporting period.

The Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz is continuing and the results will be available on September 8, 2014, after the enhanced patrol is completed.

August 29, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies are continuing the seatbelt blitz and the DUII saturation patrols. Deputies are reminding drivers to buckle up and drive sober.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

August 13, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the extended Labor Day holiday period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. The Labor Day holiday period is one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday period, deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

Deputies will be providing extra DUII patrol from August 15, 2014 through September 2, 2014. There will also be a Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz beginning August 25, 2014 and continuing through September 7, 2014. The results will be provided at the conclusion of these traffic safety missions

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies regularly respond to traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt, and secure children in properly fitted child restraints. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommendation for child passenger's link is attached. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS

Please be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday.