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UPDATE: Deputy Fires at Suspect Who Attempted to Hit Him with Car -- In Custody - (Photo) - 04/22/17

Early Saturday morning, an alert Washington County sheriff's sergeant observed a vehicle driving west on Highway 26 matching the description from Fridays officer involved shooting (original press release attached). After a short pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody.

On April 22, 2017, at 8:05 a.m., a Sheriff's Office sergeant initiated a traffic stop on a stolen 2014 Hyundai Elantra. The driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the sergeant. The pursuit ended at the Helvetia Road overpass when the suspect wrecked the car.

The Hyundai had five occupants. The suspect, Konner Layman, age 17 of Portland ran from the vehicle, the other four were detained, but not arrested.

Since Mr. Layman is a juvenile, he will be referred to the juvenile department for consideration of the following charges. Attempt to Elude Felony, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief and Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). The investigation is ongoing and additional changes may be referred to the Juvenile Department.

Mr. Layman was turned over to the Juvenile Department and lodged at Donald E. Long Detention Center.

No mugshot is available since Mr. Layman

Deputy Fires at Suspect Who Attempted to Hit Him with Car - 04/21/17

This afternoon, a Washington County deputy sheriff responded to a suspicious person call in the Cedar Mills area. During the pursuit the deputy fired his service weapon at the suspect. The suspect was able to elude the deputy.

On April 21, 2017, at 4:14 p.m., a concerned citizen called the Washington County sheriff's office to report a suspicious man using a can to spray paint a late model car. The responding deputy attempted to contact a suspicious person on NW Canyon Way. The suspect fled in a late model Hyundai Elantra. The deputy tried to stop the suspect as they traveled through several neighborhoods and additional deputies responded to assist. During the pursuit, the suspect stopped long enough for the deputy to exit his vehicle to contact the suspect.

The suspect ignored the deputy's commands and drove in the direction of the deputy, who feared he was going to be hit by the suspect vehicle. The deputy fired his service weapon at the suspect. The deputy then pursued the vehicle through the neighborhood until the he lost sight of him.

The suspect is still at large. He is described as a white or Asian male, 5'9" and approximately 18-19 years of age. The Hyundai Elantra is brown with several beige, black and blue spray paint marks.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if anyone has information about the suspect or locates the suspect vehicle to call 911. Any tips can be called into non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

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Cornelius Pursuit ends in Portland (Photo) - 04/19/17

Early this morning, Washington County Deputies serving the City of Cornelius arrested a Milwaukee man after a lengthy pursuit. After his arrest, deputies discovered evidence of additional crimes.

On April 19, 2017, at 1:05 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop Leroy Foos, age 45 of Milwaukie, Oregon for suspected DUII. Mr. Foos initially pulled over, but then fled in his 2011 Toyota Corolla. Mr. Foos led deputies on a pursuit on Highway 26 east to SW Scholls Ferry Rd. where, with assistance from Oregon State Police, Hillsboro Police Department and Beaverton Police Department were able to deploy spike strips and utilize a PIT maneuver to stop Mr. Foos.

Evidence of burglary was located in Mr. Foos' vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

Mr. Foos was arrested for DUII (drugs), Reckless Driving and Attempt to Elude and lodged in the Washington County Jail

Cornelius Pursuit - 04/19/17

Official press release to follow.

Preliminary information only. At 1:05 a.m., Washington County Deputies assigned to Cornelius attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla. The driver, Leroy Foos, age 45 led deputies on a pursuit that ended at Sylvan Road in Portland.

Deputies with assistance of OSP, Hillsboro Police Department and Beaverton Police Department were able to deploy spike strips and utilize a PIT maneuver to stop Mr. Foos. Evidence of additional crimes were located in the vehicle.

Mr. Foos was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail for the crimes of DUII, Attempt to Elude and Reckless Driving.

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Deputies Arrest 20 People During Sex Offender and Warrant Enforcement Mission (Photo) - 04/17/17

April 17, 2017 -- During a three day enforcement mission, members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Criminal Apprehension Team arrested 20 individuals for outstanding warrants and failing to register as sex offenders.

Between the dates of April 11 and April 13, 2017, members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Criminal Apprehension Team (referred to as "CAT"), in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service, conducted an enforcement mission focused on sex offender registration compliance checks and arrest warrant enforcement.

During the three day mission in Washington County, Criminal Apprehension Team members conducted 123 home visits, warrant, and compliance checks. Twenty 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 registering as a sex offender. Team members also arrested 12 people for outstanding warrants, with nine of those being for felony crimes.

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 for their assistance on this important mission aimed at keeping the community safe.

A complete list of the arrested or cited individuals and their charges are as follows:

* Maura Cortes Melchor -- ID Theft warrant (felony)
* Victoria Kay Lawrence -- Probation Violation warrant for Theft I (felony)
* Justin Michael Dearing -- Probation Violation warrant (felony), Fail to Report as Sex Offender (misdemeanor).
* David Dominguez -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (misdemeanor)
* Angela Marie Muro -- Probation Violation warrant for Theft I x2 (felony)
* Jessie Lee Fern -- Contempt of Court warrant x4
* Ciria Monique Zamora Posadas -- Failure to Appear warrant (felony)
* Pamela Debra Haggard -- Failure to Appear warrant (misdemeanor)
* Noah Gabriel Oken Berg -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (misdemeanor)
* Travis John Hardin -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (felony)
* Michael Wesley Jones -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (misdemeanor)
* Joseph Raymond Wilson -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (felony)
* Robert John Stubbs -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (misdemeanor)
* Melissa Michelle Pace -- Probation Violation warrant for Assault IV (misdemeanor)
* Sammy Orrin Olmstead -- Contempt of Court warrant (misdemeanor)
* Geremy Steven Mathey -- Probation Violation warrant for PCS Heroin (felony)
* Adolfo Adrian Mendoza -- Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I warrant x10 (felony)
* Jimmy Gene Leafty Jr -- Fail to Report as Sex Offender (felony)
* Robert Norman Huth Jr -- Probation Violation warrant for PCS Heroin (felony)
* Cody Jay Kluss -- Probation Violation warrant for PV Heroin PCS (felony)

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Attached Media Files: Press Release (PDF) , Booking Photos
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Former PCC Teacher Charged For Hiding Camera in Bathroom (Photo) - 04/14/17

April 14, 2017 -- A former PCC Rock Creek teacher was charged with Invasion of Personal Privacy for hiding a camera in a campus bathroom. The teacher was also found in possession of "up-skirt" videos which were taken off of campus property.

On April 14, 2017, former PCC Rock Creek teacher Matthew Constantino, of Scappoose, was arraigned and charged on one count of Invasion of Personal Privacy. He was booked into the Washington County Jail and released pending a court date on May 5. Mr. Constantino is no longer employed at PCC.

The investigation began in October 2016 when a student told PCC staff about a camera hidden in a campus bathroom. PCC immediately notified the Washington County Sheriff's Office and fully cooperated with the investigation. Mr. Constantino, 39 years old, was placed on leave.

During the investigation, Washington County Sheriff's detectives learned Mr. Constantino hid a camera under a sink in a gender neutral bathroom. The camera was pointed at the toilet area and allowed detectives to identify multiple victims who had been videotaped without their knowledge.

Detectives conducted a search warrant at Mr. Constantino's home in Scappoose and recovered more evidence, including so-called "up-skirt" videos filmed at locations away from the PCC Rock Creek campus. The Washington County District Attorney's Office will be filing additional charges in the near future.

Sheriff's detectives have notified a number of the victims in this case and are continuing efforts to identify others. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.

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Man Found Dead Under Small Farm Tractor (Photo) - 04/13/17

April 13, 2017 -- A male was found deceased under a small farm tractor at his house in rural Washington County. No foul play is suspected.

Today at 5:12 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to a house in the 18000 block of SW Parrett Mountain Road in unincorporated Washington County for a report of a man found deceased under his tractor.

A family member found 70-year-old Howard Mozeico pinned under his small farm tractor next to the home and called 9-1-1. Mr. Mozeico's family had talked to him in the morning and he told them he was going to do some work with the tractor.

When they returned home just after 5 p.m., Mr. Mozeico was already deceased. He was pinned under the tractor which was still running and in gear.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded and found no evidence of foul play. It is not known at this time how Mr. Mozeico ended up underneath his tractor. Mr. Mozeico's next of kin have been notified and the family does not wish to speak with the media.

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Man With White Beard robs Taco Bell (Photo) - 04/09/17

Today a man robbed the Taco Bell restaurant on Science Park Drive and Murray Blvd. He told the staff he had a gun, but one was not seen. Deputies are still looking for leads in this case.

On Sunday, April 09, 2017, at about 8:16 a.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at the taco bell located at 13480 NW Science Park Dr. in the community of Cedar Mill.

Deputies learned that a man with a white beard and hair entered the store, told the staff he had a gun and demanded the store's money. The staff never saw a gun.

The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. A K9 team from Beaverton Police attempted to find the suspect, but they were unable to locate him.

Deputies retrieved pictures from the security camera in the store, although the quality of the images is poor. Deputies are requesting that the public call 503-629-0111 if they recognize the suspect or have any information regarding the robbery.

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Woman arrested After hitting Several Cars and eluding Deputies (Photo) - 04/07/17

Early this morning, Sheriff's deputies responded to a reckless driver in the Aloha area. They located the car after it hit several other cars and narrowly missed some road-construction workers. The driver led deputies on a short pursuit where they eventually used spike strips and a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. No one was injured during the incident.

On Friday, April 07, 2017, at about 3:30 a.m., Sheriff's deputies received reports of a reckless driver on SW Tualatin Valley Highway (TV Hwy). The female driver, 42-year-old Dawn Marie Catalano, initially stopped at the 7-11 located at SW TV Hwy and SW 192nd Ave. She asked someone for directions and then rammed their car with hers. She left the parking lot and drove west on TV Hwy.

Ms. Catalano nearly struck highway workers on TV Hwy between SW 209th Ave. and SW Cornelius Pass Rd. Hillsboro police tried to stop the car, but Ms. Catalano refused to stop and attempted to ram a Hillsboro Police car. Hillsboro Police discontinued the pursuit when Ms. Catalano drove in the oncoming lane in an attempt to hit a police car head-on.

Sheriff's deputies found the car driving east on TV Hwy near Cornelius Pass Road and again tried to stop her, but she refused. Ms. Catalano led deputies on a pursuit east bound. Deputies were able to use spike strips on her tires at SW 185th Ave and then used a PIT maneuver on her car to stop her. The pursuit ended on SW 170th Ave near SW Alexander St.

Ms. Catalano was taken into custody at about 3:55 a.m. Deputies received reports that she may have hit a vehicle in the city of Beaverton and one in the City of Hillsboro. Ms. Catalano was transported to the Washington County Jail and charged with multiple counts of Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Recklessly Endangering a Highway Worker, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer.

Man Dies from Falling Tree Limb in Garden Home Neighborhood - 04/07/17

April 7, 2017 -- A male was found unconscious under a large tree limb behind a residence in the Garden Home neighborhood. He was transported to OHSU and later died from his injuries.

Today at 8:17 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Garden Home neighborhood for a report of a man found unconscious outside a residence in the area of SW Florence Lane and SW 71st Place.

A resident discovered the man under a large tree limb in a greenspace behind their property. The person called 9-1-1 and performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived. The male was transported to Oregon Health Science University, and died from his injuries once there.

The deceased was identified as Ronald Edward Kibert, 67 years old of Tigard. Deputies learned Mr. Kibert lived nearby and would often like to walk the area. Deputies found no evidence of foul play and believe Mr. Kibert was struck by a falling tree limb during the high winds.

Mr. Kibert's next of kin has been notified.

The National Weather Service of Portland reported wind gusts upward of 60 mph in the Portland metro area this morning, and Sheriff's deputies have been responding to dozens of calls for service around the county regarding downed trees and service lines.

Attached Media Files: Press Release (PDF)
**UPDATE** Deputies Seeking Missing Endangered Blind Man - 04/06/17

***UPDATE*** Missing Man Located
On April 4th, 2017, at about 11:00 p.m., Mr. Vonshields called police dispatch and notified them he was not missing and had returned home. A Sheriff's Detective confirmed that MR. Vonshields had returned home and was no longer in danger.


--April 3, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Yesterday deputies took a report of a missing suicidal man from Aloha. The man is legally blind and walks with a cane. Call the Sheriff's Office if you see him.

On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at about 2:00 p.m., a Sheriff's deputy took a report of a missing person. The roommate of 53-year-old Gustaf Vonshields called to report that he had left their residence (17800 block of SW Kinnaman Rd.) and was suicidal. It was reported that Mr. Vonshields is legally blind and uses a cane to get around. He does not have any other known medical conditions.

Deputies searched the area for Mr. Vonshields but were unable to locate him. He is described as 5'10", 150 lbs, with red/blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue sweater, blue jeans, and a blue backpack.

As of the time of this press release, Mr. Vonshields has not returned home and no one has heard from him.

Please call Washington County Law Enforcement at 503-629-0111 if you have seen Mr. Vonshields.

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RESULTS - March Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo) - 04/06/17

April 6, 2017 - During the month of March, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 71 impaired drivers. Of those DUII arrests, 20 were made by deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Sheriff's Office will continue high-visibility enforcement patrols during the month of April with a continued emphasis on impaired drivers.

The Sheriff's Office encourages people prior to consuming alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana to make sure to have a designated sober driver or arrange for an alternate form of transportation.

Impaired drivers are involved in a significant number of injury and fatal traffic crashes each year.

The Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

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UPDATE: Man Pleads Guilty to Several Charges of Invasion to Privacy and Other Charges - 04/06/17

April 6, 2017--Today, Leighton Tilford Olson pled guilty in a Washington County Court to:
* One count of Using a Child in a Display of Sexual Conduct
* Two counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse
* Two counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree
* One count of Burglary in the First Degree

In a plea agreement Olson received a total of 180 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections along with a requirement to register as a sex offender.

Attached Media Files: Update - Man Sentenced
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April Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo) - 03/31/17

March 31, 2017 -- During the month of April, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will conduct high-visibility enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers.

Many of these DUII patrols are made up of deputies working grant-funded overtime provided by ODOT and NHTSA. The Sheriff's Office encourages people to enjoy events and the nicer weather responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver or arrange for an alternate form of transportation. Impaired drivers are involved in a significant number of injury and fatal traffic crashes each year.

The Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The April DUII Enhanced Patrol results will be posted at the beginning of May 2017.

Attached Media Files: PDF Release , Keys Photo
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Update on Suspicious Device Found at Hagg Lake (Photo) - 03/30/17

This FlashAlert is an update in regards to the earlier post on the Washington County Sheriff's Office Twitter page (@WCSheriff):

On March 30, 2017, at 10:11 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a suspicious device at Henry Hagg Lake, located in western Washington County. A park ranger reported finding a plastic container wrapped in electrical tape north of boat ramp "C."

Deputies quickly evacuated and secured the area. The Portland Police Bureau Bomb Squad responded to the scene. Just before 1 p.m., the bomb squad detonated the device as a precaution. It is unknown exactly what the device was.

There is not believed to be any danger to the public at this time. Deputies have checked extensively around the lake and have not located anything else suspicious.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the observant park ranger for reporting the object and the Portland Police Bureau Bomb Squad for their assistance.

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