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District Attorney Review Concerning the January 2, 2015 Officer Involved Shooting - 03/05/15
March 5, 2015--Washington District Attorney releases his review concerning the incident involving Sheriff's Deputies and Lewis Lembke on January 2, 2015.

The review is attached.

Harriet Lembke has requested the media to respect her privacy and please not attempt to contact her.
Attached Media Files: DA Review Letter
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Sheriff's K9 Captures Wanted Man Following Search (Photo) - 03/05/15
March 5, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies capture a wanted man after he crashed his car. He attempted to run after the crash but was quickly pursued and arrested.

On March 5, 2015, at 10:35 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy saw a 1999 Subaru Legacy traveling 88 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone, eastbound on Highway 26 west of Cedar Hills Boulevard. When the Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop the car, it abruptly stopped at the Cedar Hills exit and a passenger ran from the car and the driver fled in the vehicle. The driver sped away and continued to ignore the Sheriff's Deputy's lights and siren. The deputy discontinued his attempts to stop the car when the driver drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 217.

Sheriff's Deputies began receiving 911 calls when the driver failed to successfully exit Hwy 217 at the Walker Road onramp and crashed into the concrete barrier then continued into a neighborhood prior to abandoning the car and fleeing on foot.

A man, later identified as David Allen Sanders, 25, from Milwaukie, fled the Subaru and began running through back yards of several houses. Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by the Beaverton Police Department with containing the area as they searched for Mr. Sanders. A Sheriff's K9 (Tux) searched out and captured Mr. Sanders without further incident as he was hiding in a garage.

A handgun was recovered where the passenger bailed out of the car on Highway 26. It is believed to be associated with this incident. Sheriff's Deputies suspect there may be another handgun outstanding related to this incident. The passenger has yet to be identified or located.

David Allen Sanders was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with
Felony Attempt to Elude, Possession of Methamphetamine, Burglary, Reckless Driving, Criminal Trespassing and a parole related to a previous robbery conviction. He is held on $10,000 bail. He will likely face additional charges as the investigation continues.

Investigators are seeking the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED
--UPDATE--Information on incident at Imperial/Regal - 03/05/15
Sheriff's K9 captures 25 year-old David Allen Sanders and recovered one handgun. More info to follow.

Media is requested to please stage at SW Wilshire and SW 98th Ave.

PIO enroute

Deputy attempted to stop a suspected DUII driver on Sw Barnes Rd. Driver was speeding 80plus in a 35 zone. Driver crashed into concrete wall at Walker/217 and dumped car at SW Imperial/SW Regal area and fled. Driver arrested and passenger still outstanding. Ridgewood Elem in lockout as a precaution.

Passenger is an adult Latino male.

More info coming later
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Man Arrested for Public Indecency in Library (Photo) - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Cornelius Library concerning a man acting strangely. The man was arrested and lodged in jail.

On March 2, 2015, at about 11:00 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, serving the city of Cornelius, were contacted by the city library who reported that a man earlier was at a table inside the library acting strangely. They said the man came in alone and appeared to be fondling his genitalia while sitting across a table from two unsuspecting young children. They presented video footage to the deputies that corroborated their suspicions.

The Sheriff's Deputies searched the area for the man who reportedly fled the library shortly after the incident. They were unable to locate the man but did obtain information concerning his identity. He was suspected to be a registered sex offender. The librarians were advised to call the Cornelius Police Department if the man returned.

At 4:10 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called back to the library because the man returned and was sitting at a table. Sheriff's Deputies quickly responded and located David Duane Johnson, 46, from Cornelius. Mr. Johnson was confirmed as the man in the previous video and the registered sex offender. The investigation revealed that Mr. Johnson was fondling himself in the library in the previous incident.

David Johnson was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with Public Indecency and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, held on $10,000 bail. He was in violation of his registration for failing to update his residence information showing he now lives in Oregon.
Attached Media Files: LIBRARY PHOTO , ARRESTED
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Intoxicated Driver Crashes Head-On into Tree (Photo) - 03/01/15
March 1, 2015 - A Cornelius woman crashed her car head first into a tree. The investigation revealed she was intoxicated. She was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

At 4:18 a.m., Sunday morning, Washington County deputies responded to a report of a rollover crash on SW River Road near Twin Oaks Air Park. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 Chevy Cavalier on its side blocking the westbound lane of travel. Deputies observed that the driver of the Cavalier drove into the ditch on the side of River Road and struck a tree head-on with their car.

The driver of the Cavalier, Chantel Carter, age 21 of Cornelius was able to exit the vehicle under her own power. She sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by EMS to Tuality Hospital. Investigating deputies determined that Ms. Carter was under the influence of alcohol, which likely contributed to the crash.

Ms. Carter was criminally cited for DUII.
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Reckless Driver Crashes into Tree and Crosswalk Sign (Photo) - 02/28/15
February 28, 2015 - A Bethany man crashed his 2015 Mercedes into a tree and crosswalk sign. He was criminally cited for the crash.

At 1:45 a.m., Saturday morning, Washington County deputies responded to a report of a high-speed crash near the intersection of NW Laidlaw and NW Waterford Way. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2015 Mercedes with substantial damage.

Deputies located the driver, Bruce Tran, age 39 of Bethany standing near his wrecked car unharmed. Mr. Tran reported that he was driving faster than the posted speed when he lost control of his car. When the car left the road, it struck a tree and then a crosswalk sign before coming to rest against a brick wall. The contact with the sign tore off most of the passenger side of the car.

Mr. Tran was criminally cited for Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief II.

Speeding contributes to a higher risk of traffic crashes. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages drivers to obey posted speed limits and drive safely for the road conditions.
Aloha Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle. The rider did not survive his injuries.

On February 24, 2015, at 7:12 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW River Road about 200 yards north of SW Farmington Road, in the community of Farmington, concerning a single motorcycle crash. It was reported the rider was unresponsive.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived within minutes and discovered a 2008 Triumph motorcycle off the left side of SW River Road with the rider underneath. Deputies determined that the Triumph had been northbound on SW River Road from a four-way stop prior to a right hand curve. Witnesses and evidence indicated that the Triumph accelerated rapidly attaining a high speed which made it difficult to maintain its lane at the curve. The Triumph lost control and slid sideways causing it to tip over and slide down the roadway, eventually coming to rest on the shoulder.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Steven D. Willford, 67, from Aloha was the motorcycle rider. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

River Road was closed until 9:30 p.m. to gather evidence and document the scene. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team was consulted concerning this investigation.
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Aloha Man Arrested after Recklessly Shooting in Neighborhood (Photo) - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man after he reportedly shot a gun in his house and through his neighborhood. There was significant damage caused and fortunately no one was injured.

On February 24, 2015 at about 3:16 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 20100 block of SW Newcastle Drive in the community of Aloha concerning a man shooting a handgun. It was reported there was a man that was shooting a handgun randomly from his own driveway, striking objects. Deputies learned that just prior to their arrival; another neighbor had taken the gun from the shooter.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and quickly detained 43 year-old Troy Haren. Deputies learned that Mr. Haren was apparently upset over some family matters and after drinking a large amount of alcohol, retrieved a handgun. Evidence shows that he shot the gun at least 10 times inside the house; through a window and an exterior door. Deputies learned that Mr. Haren then exited the house and continued shooting about 10 more shots randomly from the driveway before the neighbor took the gun away.

The bullets struck a travel trailer, a truck window, a mailbox and a house across the street three houses away. Deputies canvassed the neighborhood searching for additional damage and anyone who may have been struck by a bullet. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

Troy Dean Haren was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with multiple counts of Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. He is held on $10,000 bail.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED , BULLET DAMAGE
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--RESULTS--Sheriff's Office Enhanced Seat Belt Enforcement (Photo) - 02/23/15
February 23, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety mission results during this rating period are as follows:

-824 Traffic Stops
-243 Speeding Citations
-104 Seatbelt Citations
-101 Cell Phone Citations
--33 Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device Citations
--23 No Insurance Citations
--12 No Drivers License Citations
---9 Suspended Drivers Citations
---1 Felony Warrant Arrest
---1 Misdemeanor Arrest

Future enhanced patrols will be announced.

Original Release Below:

February 20, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies will continue to provide extra patrols concerning enhanced seat belt enforcement from February 9-22, 2015.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable driving experience and will be providing extra patrols focused on seat belt compliance. Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to have a safe traveling experience.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this traffic safety mission.
Attached Media Files: Deputy Blitz Photo
--RESULTS--Enhanced Weekend DUII Traffic Safety Patrols - 02/23/15
February 23, 2015--The Sheriff's Office arrested nine DUII drivers during this rating period.

There will be additional enhanced patrols announced at a later date.

Original release below:

February 18, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for weekend travelers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable driving experience and will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving during the weekend for travelers. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that place themselves and others in harms way.

Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to have a safe traveling experience and designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this traffic safety mission.
Community Public Safety Academy - 02/05/15
February 5, 2015

Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about law enforcement and your Sheriff's Office?

The Washington County Sheriff's Office's Community Public Safety Academy is getting underway and looking for volunteers. The Community Public Safety Academy is part of the Sheriff's Office effort to promote and preserve a safe community for all citizens. The 55-hour training program combines classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community. It also gives community members an opportunity to observe the inner workings of the Sheriff's Office.

Participants will learn about a variety of activities deputies are engaged in, from learning about police equipment, participating in jail activities, touring criminal justice facilities and participating in role-playing scenarios. Topics include crime scene investigations, patrol, the county jail, K-9 teams, tactical operations, and use of firearms, narcotics enforcement and more.

The next Community Public Safety Academy begins Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and ends on June 2, 2015. Each academy is limited to 40 students and free of charge.
Classes are held every Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., with two weekend classes.
Classes are typically held in the training rooms at the Sheriff's Office at 215 S.W. Adams
Avenue in Hillsboro. Participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Washington
County.

For more information, call Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 or email her at
darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us. 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 at 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd.
Attached Media Files: PDF Version