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Sheriff's Deputies Provide Enhanced Spring Break DUII Patrols - 03/22/15
March 22,2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the Spring Break holiday period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience. Spring break can be a dangerous traveling time due to increased traffic along with impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving from March 22, 2015, until March 29, 2015. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that continue to 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 were 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 travel safely and designate a sober driver.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this extended traffic safety mission.
Plaid Pantry Robbed at Gunpoint (Photo) - 03/21/15
March 21, 2015, The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to identify a man who robbed a Plaid Pantry at gunpoint on Friday.

On Friday March 20 at 1:29 a.m., a Plaid Pantry employee called 911 to report he was robbed at gunpoint. Multiple deputies and a K9 were dispatched to the Plaid Pantry located at 14114 SW Butner Road. A search of the area by deputies, assisted by a Sheriff's K9 was not successful in finding a suspect.

The investigating deputy interviewed the store clerk and learned the suspect is a white male, between the age of 25-30, approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a ski mask. During the robbery the suspect brandished a gun and demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk complied with the suspects demands. The suspect then ran south from the Plaid Pantry with an undisclosed amount of money.

Sheriff's Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. Pictures of the suspect are included and if anyone has any information, please call Washington County Sheriff's Office dispatch at (503) 629-0111.
Inmate Workers
Inmate Workers
Inmates Revitalize Metzger Park for Community Use (Photo) - 03/20/15
March 20, 2015--Inmate work crews from several county Sheriff's Offices joined forces this week to renovate Metzger Park for the spring and summer seasons.

On March 18, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff's Office worked together with four other Sheriff's Offices and Washington County Parks to provide a facelift to Metzger Park, located in the community of Metzger. The park is seven-acres set in a forested environment. It features a variety of play equipment and is located near Washington Square mall.

Together, 24 inmates and six deputies installed new landscape barriers, spread bark dust and crushed rock, opened up and installed new trail areas and trimmed trees to increase visibility to the park area and create a safer environment in the evening and night hours. Work crews also pressure washed the basketball courts and created new pathways, providing access to the park playground areas and improving the previously muddy, makeshift trails.

Washington County along with Clackamas, Multnomah, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Offices utilized their inmate work crews to provide the labor for the project. There were more than 100 man hours of service to this construction project in one day alone.

County Sheriff's inmate crews often work on smaller clean-up projects in parks or on the roadways.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said," I'm impressed with the inmate's desire to work hard on a project that gives back to the community which benefits us all."
Attached Media Files: Inmate Workers
Judge Releases Benito Vazquez-Hernandez - 03/19/15
This afternoon at a little after 2:00 p.m., Benito Vazquez-Hernandez left the Washington County Jail after being released from custody by a Washington County Judge.

After expediting his release, Sheriff's Deputies wanted to help Mr. Vazquez-Hernandez and give him a courtesy ride. Mr. Vazquez-Hernandez was assisted as he tended to some financial responsibilities and then a deputy transported him to an undisclosed location of his choice.
Aloha Man Shoots His Wife's Friend Following Dispute - 03/15/15
March 15, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies investigate an Aloha man after he shot another man during an ongoing dispute. There was only minor injury inflicted from the gunshot.

On March 15, 2015, at 12:57 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence located in the 15600 block of SW Jaylee Street in the community of Aloha. It was reported that Richard Zillmer Jr, 51, who lives at the residence, shot Travis Harrison, 36, from Aloha, during a dispute. It was reported that Mr. Harrison was across the street at a neighbor's house waiting for medical assistance.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Mr. Harrison in the street in front of Mr. Zillmer's house shot once in the abdomen. It was believed that Mr. Zillmer was still inside the house and had access to several firearms. Sheriff's Deputies were able to move a patrol vehicle into the area and safely transport Mr. Harrison to an ambulance that was waiting a few blocks away. Once Mr. Harrison was moved to safety, Sheriff's Deputies contacted Mr. Zillmer by phone and convinced him to exit the house.

Sheriff's Deputies had prior knowledge of the ongoing dispute and were at this same house on March 14, 2015 investigating Mr. Harrison when he barged into the house and attempted to fight Mr. Zillmer. Mr. Harrison received numerous injuries during that altercation and was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. Mr. Zillmer's wife lives with Mr. Harrison which is believed to be the catalyst of the dispute.

The investigation revealed that there were several telephonic communications today between the two men and Mr. Harrison returned to the house to continue the dispute in person. It was reported that when Mr. Harrison was on the front porch, Mr. Zillmer discharged one round from a handgun through the door striking Mr. Harrison in the abdomen. The hospital reported that Mr. Harrison sustained only minor injuries.

The Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives and the Forensic Science Unit were called to assist with the investigation. After a thorough examination of the evidence and information gathered, detectives decided that this incident will be sent to the District Attorney for review and possible grand jury consideration.

Travis Harrison faces possible criminal charges as the investigation continues.
Big Check
Big Check
Sheriff's Office Employees and Foundation Donate to CASA (Photo) - 03/13/15
March 13, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Office employees donate proceeds of October fundraiser to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation and CASA Helps Kids. The Foundation is a volunteer non-profit organization that supports various Sheriff's Office programs through donations.

On March 10th, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation presented CASA Helps Kids with a check in the amount of $4,271.09 during the Sheriff's Office Swearing In and Employee Recognition Ceremony.

Annually, The Washington County Sheriff's Office participates in a county-wide Employee Giving Campaign. In October 2014, Sheriff's Office employees, in coordination with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation, hosted a chili luncheon sponsored by Hillsboro-based biotechnology company Genentech. In addition to the chili luncheon, the event, which raised a total of $4,271.09, included a silent auction and raffle.

Employees selected a local not-for-profit program, Casa Helps Kids, as the recipient of the fundraising proceeds. Casa Helps Kids is called upon when a child who has been abused or neglected is experiencing the trauma of having to navigate the court system. CASA volunteers advocate for children in the foster care system and work tirelessly to guide them, and get them into a permanent home safely, quickly and efficiently. The role of local programs such as the CASA for Children of Multnomah and Washington Counties is to recruit, train and support the volunteers who work with the children in their community. Since 1985, CASA volunteers have helped 16,000 children find a safe and permanent home.

If you live in Washington County and are interested in serving on the WCSO Foundation Board, contact the Sheriff's Office at: (503) 846-2608 or by email (lindsey_dober@co.washington.or.us) to obtain an application.

For any additional information about the Sheriff's Office or various volunteer opportunities please call 503.846.2700 or check us out on-line at the following web address: www.wcsheriff-or.com.
Attached Media Files: Big Check
Deputies Recover Three Vehicles Stolen from Dealership (Photo) - 03/07/15
March 7, 2015 - Washington County Deputies recovered three stolen vehicles overnight. Two of the vehicles were recovered during vehicle stops. Deputies arrested two men for stealing the vehicles from a local dealership and lodged them in jail. The third vehicle was found abandoned.

On March 7, 2015 at 3:10 a.m., a Washington County deputy performed a traffic stop on a suspected DUII driver. During his investigation, the deputy observed several key fobs, a sales sticker and dealership identification belonging to Beaverton Buick GMC located in the vehicle. Another deputy responded to the dealership and learned a GMC Yukon was missing. A broken window was located and several key fobs were found on the ground. The deputies determined the 2015 GMC Yukon driven by Alex Carrick, age 19 of Portland was likely stolen.

While the Sheriff's Office was investigating the burglary and stolen vehicle, Beaverton Police Department conducted a separate traffic stop of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee for suspicion of DUII. During their investigation, a deputy recognized the Jeep as a suspect vehicle from a recent burglary of a gas station nearby. The investigating deputy responded to the Beaverton call and determined the Jeep Cherokee driven by Jacob Short, age 19 of Portland was also stolen from Beaverton Buick GMC. Mr. Short is alleged to have committed the gas station burglary as well.

Once a representative of Beaverton Buick GMC arrived at the dealership, deputies learned a third vehicle, a 2015 Chrysler 300 was stolen from the lot. Deputies received a call of an abandoned vehicle at a construction site located on NW Brugger Road. The stolen Chrysler was located abandoned in a field. All three vehicles were returned to the dealership.

Mr. Carrick was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail for the crimes of Burglary II, Aggravated Theft I, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief I, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Mr. Short was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail for the crimes of Burglary II x 2, Unauthorized Use of A Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II, Theft I x 2, Theft II x 2, Theft III and DUII.

The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff's Office is asking that if anyone has information regarding these crimes to call 503-629-0111.
Underage Alcohol Sales Compliance Checks - 03/07/15
Washington County Sheriff's Deputies conducted an undercover compliance mission where teenagers attempted to buy alcohol from stores in Washington County.

On Friday March 6, 2015, Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover operation where underage decoys attempted to purchase alcohol. The 18-year-old underage decoy visited seventeen businesses located the eastern areas of Washington County. The decoy was under the constant supervision of a Sheriff's Deputy. The decoy provided their valid Oregon State issued ID card if requested by the clerk.

Out of the seventeen establishments checked, only one store clerk sold alcohol to the underage decoy. The business was Aloha Liquor (20285 SW TV Hwy). The employee was arrested and later cited and released with a court date. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will be following up with the owner of the business that sold the alcohol to the minor.

The Sheriff's Office recognizes the dangers associated with underage alcohol use and works hard to stop underage drinking. This undercover alcohol sting is one of the many programs the Washington County Sheriff's Office utilizes in our continuing effort to stop underage alcohol use and avoid the potentially devastating aftermath.
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
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
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