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Public's Help Needed to Locate Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child
February 20, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit need the public's help to locate a man wanted for sexually assaulting a child under 12.
In May 2016, a child under 12 years of age disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by 24-year-old Jorge E. Bravo-Copado at a residence in rural Washington County. Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit investigated and found evidence which corroborated the sexual abuse.
Mr. Bravo-Copado has not been seen since May 2016. Last summer, his Facebook account was deleted and his bank account was closed. In August 2016, a logger found Mr. Bravo-Copado's truck abandoned in a remote area of Yamhill County. Detectives do not believe there was any evidence of foul play. Mr. Bravo-Copado works in the construction industry and all of his tools were missing from his truck.
On February 15, 2017, a Washington County grand jury indicted Mr. Bravo-Copado on the following charges:
* Rape I (three counts)
* Sexual Abuse I (three counts)
* Unlawful Sexual Penetration I
The Washington County Sheriff's Office needs your help in locating Mr. Bravo-Copado. If you have any information on him or his whereabouts, please contact detectives at 503-846-2500.
Deputies Need the Public's Help to Identify Couple
February 18, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's deputies serving the city of Cornelius need the public's help in identifying a couple suspected of at least two thefts.
On February 17, 2017, just after 6pm, deputies serving the city of Cornelius were called to the Wilco Farm Store at 664 W Baseline Street. Employees reported that a male and female stole a pair of boots worth $379.
Just a few hours earlier, the same couple is suspected of stealing a package from a home in the 600 block of S. Linden Street.
Deputies are investigating all leads in order to identify this couple.
If you know who this couple is, please contact deputies at 503-629-0111.
Wanted Subject Located in Minnesota
This is an update to our media release from November 21, 2016 (below).
February 18, 2017 -- A man wanted for cutting off his GPS monitor in Oregon was located and taken into custody in the state of Minnesota.
On February 17, 2017, police officers in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, located Aaron Emery working at a local Subway restaurant. Police learned Mr. Emery was wanted on Oregon warrants for Unauthorized Departure and Parole Violation (Abscond) after he bragged to a co-worker about escaping from GPS supervision in Oregon.
Mr. Emery is currently lodged in the Stearns County Jail in Minnesota while he awaits the extradition process back to Oregon.
Attempt to Locate Wanted Subject Aaron Emery
November 21, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating 30-year-old Aaron James Emery. Mr. Emery is wanted after recently cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing from the Washington County Community Corrections Center.
On October 18, 2016, detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Aaron James Emery after a DNA match linked him to the sexual assault of a teenager in Aloha in March 2015. Mr. Emery was charged with Public Indecency and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.
Mr. Emery bailed out of jail the following day and was moved to the Washington County Community Corrections Center to finish serving time on an unrelated felony Assault in the Fourth Degree charge.
Inmates in the community corrections center can leave during the day to work or attend treatment. Mr. Emery was employed in the restaurant industry and was monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet. Recently, Mr. Emery cut off his GPS monitor and failed to return to the community corrections center. A no-bail warrant for Parole Violation (Abscond) has been issued for his arrest. Mr. Emery has a distinctive tattoo on his left hand that may assist in his identification.
If you see Mr. Emery or have knowledge of his current whereabouts, please do not approach him. Instead, contact non-emergency dispatch or 911.
Two Injured in Alcohol-Related Crash in Western Washington County
February 17, 2017 -- At 11:34am, sheriff's deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on SW Fern Hill Road near SW Spring Hill Road in western Washington County. It was reported that a 2007 Ford F-150 went off the road, struck a tree and then returned to the roadway.
When deputies arrived, they identified the driver as 28-year-old David Humble. He and a 21-year-old female passenger were both transported to a local hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time. The truck sustained extensive damage.
Deputies learned that Mr. Humble's
blood-alcohol content was .26, more than three times the legal limit.
Due to Mr. Humble's medical concerns, he will be charged at a later time with Assault and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
The crash closed SW Fern Hill Road until 4pm.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit reminds the public to designate a driver or find an alternative in order to avoid riding with anyone who may be impaired.
Hospital Caregiver Pleads Guilty, Will Receive 25-year Sentence
This is an update to our media release from September 15, 2016. Refer to original media release for additional details.
February 17, 2017 -- Adeladilew A. Mekonen pled guilty this morning in Washington County Circuit Court. He was previously indicted for 28 different crimes, all involving sexual contact with female patients at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
Mr. Mekonen will be sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:30am. The negotiated plea agreement is that he will serve 25 years in prison.
Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit wish to thank Providence Health & Services for their complete cooperation throughout this lengthy investigation.
Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Megan Johnson prosecuted this case. Hillsboro Attorney Seth White represented Mr. Mekonen.
Man Robbed at Knifepoint During Internet Sales Transaction
February 16, 2017 -- Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office are investigating a robbery at knifepoint after an Aloha man met with an online buyer to sell an iPhone 7+.
On February 16, 2017, just before 7pm, sheriff's deputies were called to the 15500 block of SW Donna Court in Aloha on the report of a robbery. The victim reported that he arranged to meet a man through the online sales platform OfferUp in order to sell him an iPhone 7+.
The seller met up with two men outside his home. One of the men produced a knife and robbed the seller. The victim attempted to retain the phone, even as the suspects drove away. The victim was dragged approximately 100 yards, receiving cuts and scrapes to his body, but was not seriously injured. While being dragged by the car, the victim struggled with the suspects and retained a shoe worn by one of them.
The suspects are described as follows:
1) A Hispanic male adult in his early twenties, approximately 5'4 tall and 130 lbs., wearing a black hoodie and jeans.
2) A Hispanic male adult in his late twenties, unknown height and approximately 140 lbs. He had a mustache, dark blue jeans and a black baseball cap.
The knife was described as a black-handled switchblade.
The suspects left on SW Donna Court towards SW Farmington Avenue. They were driving a tan 2003-2004 BMW X5 with no license plates.
Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit will be following up on this investigation.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Two Dead After Shooting in Home on Bull Mountain
February 16, 2017 -- A man and a woman are dead after a shooting in a home on Bull Mountain. The initial investigation indicates that this was a homicide-suicide and there is no danger to the public.
On February 15, 2017 at 10:38pm, sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in the 13600 block of SW Willow Top Lane in the Bull Mountain area of Washington County. Family members were concerned that they had not heard from the home's residents, Lisa R. Malone, 48, and Leonard J. Foster, 48, for some time.
The family members went to the location and entered the three-story home. From the ground floor, they spoke with Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster, who were upstairs. The family members then heard what they believed to be a single gunshot, but thought it could have been from a TV. After the gunshot, Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster both told the family members they were fine and did not wish to speak with them.
The family members called 911. While on the phone, the family members reported hearing additional gunshots, which they described as quiet or muffled. The 911 call-taker did not hear any gunshots.
Deputies responded to the home. They contacted neighbors, who did not hear any gunshots. The neighbors reported that the porch light was turned off after the time the family members heard the shots and exited the home. Deputies also observed interior lights being turned off while they were on scene. Phone calls into the home were not answered. Deputies ultimately determined they did not have legal justification to enter the home.
Just after 1am, the family members re-entered the home and discovered both Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster deceased.
Detectives from the sheriff's office Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene. The initial investigation indicates that this was a homicide-suicide and there is no danger to the public.
Ms. Malone and Mr. Foster were a couple and lived at the home together for over a year. There is no documented history of domestic violence for the couple at this address.
Sheriff's detectives were assisted at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.
Anyone with information about this couple or this incident is asked to contact detectives at 503-846-2500.
Deputies Arrest Man for Menacing Women with a Bat and Resisting Arrest
February 15, 2017 - Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man after he menaced three women with a baseball bat, assaulted one and resisted arrest.
On February 14, 2017 at 9:35pm, sheriff's deputies were called to the Country Haven Mobile Home Park at 23585 NW Jacobson Road on a report of a man, 33-year-old Darnell J. Labossiere, threatening people with a baseball bat. It was initially reported that the man struck an adult female resident with the bat.
When deputies arrived on scene, Mr. Labossiere was uncooperative and fought with them as they tried to take him into custody. During the struggle, he punched a sergeant in the head. Deputies finally used a Taser to help subdue Mr. Labossiere. Neither the sergeant nor Mr. Labossiere was injured.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Labossiere had threatened three adult females with the bat. He also physically assaulted one of the females, though not with the bat. There were no serious injuries to any of the victims.
Mr. Labossiere was charged with Assault IV, Unlawful Use of Weapon (three counts), Menacing (three counts), Resisting Arrest and Harassment. He is currently lodged in the Washington County Jail, with bail set at $250,000.
Couple Arrested for Burglary -- Help Needed to Return Jewelry to Rightful Owners
February 14, 2017 - Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies recently arrested a couple for forcing entry and burglarizing an occupied home. Now, detectives need the public's help to identify seized jewelry in order to return it to its rightful owners.
On February 10, 2017, just after 1pm, a female homeowner in the 7100 block of SW 209th Avenue in Aloha called 911 after a man forced open the front door to her home and stole some valuables. Deputies were on scene within three minutes and stopped a vehicle leaving the woman's driveway.
Their investigation revealed that a woman inside the vehicle approached the house and knocked on the door. When the homeowner didn't answer the door, the male exited the vehicle and forced open the home's front door. The male entered the home and stole valuables.
Deputies arrested Nelson W. Pettis, Jr. and Katherine L. Hauser. Mr. Pettis, 41, of Vancouver, Washington, was charged with Burglary I and Theft III. Ms. Hauser, 35, of Newberg, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary I and Theft I by Receiving. Both remain lodged in the Washington County Jail.
Deputies searched the car used by Mr. Pettis and Ms. Hauser and found over 100 items of jewelry they believe might have been stolen during other burglaries. Detectives would like to return the jewelry to its rightful owner(s) and need the public's help.
If you recognize any of this jewelry or have other information about this investigation, please contact Detective Tony Bass at 503-846-6093.
Deputies Pursue Vehicle Related to Camas Crime Spree
February 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies pursued a stolen vehicle related to multiple burglaries in Camas.
On February 13, 2017, just before 11pm, a patrol deputy tried to stop a speeding vehicle near SW Canyon Road x SW Walker Road. The vehicle eluded the deputy. Other deputies came into the area to search for the car.
At 11:15pm, a deputy located the vehicle in a ditch near Cedar Park Middle School. No one was inside. A sheriff's office canine team was used to search for the suspect, but the suspect was not located.
Deputies learned that the car, a black 2002 Nissan Altima, had been reported stolen in Vancouver, Washington, on February 6th. During a search of the car, deputies located a cash register believed to be from the Liberty Theatre in Camas, as well as items from other locations in Vancouver and Camas. They contacted the Camas Police Department and learned about several recent burglaries in Camas.
Please contact the Camas Police Department for more details on their burglaries.
Child Protective Services Worker Arrested for Falsifying Reports
February 9, 2017 -- An Oregon Department of Human Services employee assigned to Child Protective Services was arrested for falsifying child abuse reports in at least 15 cases.
On February 9, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives assigned to the Child Abuse Unit arrested 34-year-old Miguel A. Fuentes III.
Mr. Fuentes has been employed as a Social Services Specialist with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) since August 2011. He was most recently assigned to the Beaverton office, where his duties included the investigation of child abuse and neglect.
During a child abuse investigation, a sheriff's office detective and a DHS employee discovered inconsistencies in official child abuse reports completed by Mr. Fuentes. Mr. Fuentes submitted reports which documented in-person contacts and interviews that never occurred. Other reports contained false statements and work that was allegedly completed on days Mr. Fuentes was not in the office. Detectives reviewed many of Mr. Fuentes' assigned cases and found at least 15 cases with falsified information.
When DHS learned of the investigation in November 2016, they placed Mr. Fuentes on administrative leave. DHS cooperated fully with this criminal investigation. DHS has since re-assigned cases affected by Mr. Fuentes to ensure child safety.
Mr. Fuentes has been charged with 15 counts of Official Misconduct I and 15 counts of Tampering with Public Records.
Inquiries about Mr. Fuentes' employment status should be directed to Oregon DHS.
February 9, 2017 - 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 beginning February 10th through February 28th looking for impaired drivers.
Many of these DUII patrols are made up of deputies working grant-funded overtime provided by ODOT and NHTSA. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages people not to drink or use drugs and drive. Impaired drivers are involved in a significant number of injury and fatal traffic crashes each year.
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.
The Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.
The February DUII Enhanced Patrol results will be posted at the beginning of March, 2017.
WIN Investigators Seize Twenty-One Guns, Drugs, and Cash
On February 7th, 2017, at approximately 4:20 a.m., Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) investigators and the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT) executed a search warrant at 9206 SW Hillview Street in Tigard. This was the result of a collaborative investigation between Tigard Police Department Officers and Washington County Sheriff's Deputies.
Investigators seized twenty-one guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest, and $2,600 in cash. Along with evidence of a drug dealing operation, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin were seized. Three of the guns had been reported stolen.
The Tigard Police Department's Commercial Crimes Unit also responded and seized several items, including a compressor and power tools.
The suspect, 50-year-old Steven J. Johnson, of Tigard, was arrested and charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Theft in the First Degree, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was booked into the Washington County Jail and is being held on $500,000 bail.
WIN is a multi-agency team and includes members from the following agencies: Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Tigard Police Department, National Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations.
Washington County is a designated HIDTA county. The Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program provides assistance to the WIN team and all of its participating agencies.
Mrs. Darlow was found safe at around 11:20 p.m. A citizen recognized her picture from the morning news and called dispatch. She has been reunited with her family. The Sheriff's Office appreciates help from the media and public in locating Mrs. Darlow.
February 8, 2017--Sheriff's Deputies are asking for the public's help in locating a woman with dementia who walked away from her Beaverton home.
Today at 1:20 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to an apartment in the 14300 block of SW Walker Road in Beaverton for the report of a missing woman. Shirley Darlow, 63-years-old, was reported missing by her family. The last time Mrs. Darlow was seen was at about 11:00 p.m. on February 7th.
Mrs. Darlow is reported to have dementia and other mental health conditions, which may cause confusion and make it difficult for her to find her way home.
Shirley Darlow is described as being 5'02" tall, thin build, with long black hair. Mrs. Darlow was last seen wearing a blue denim jacket, blue jeans, and dark shoes.
Deputies have searched area neighborhoods and businesses, but have been unable to locate Mrs. Darlow. Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) resources are also being utilized in the search effort.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Shirley Darlow, please call 503-629-0111.
RESULTS -- Enhanced Super Bowl DUII Patrols
February 7, 2017 -Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 16 DUII drivers over the weekend; 9 of those on Super Bowl Sunday. The Sheriff's Office will be announcing additional enhanced traffic safety missions in the near future.
Original release below:
February 3, 2017 - Impaired driving continues to be a significant problem in the State of Oregon. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will be on the roads providing extra patrol to enhance safety for this Super Bowl weekend.
During the NFL playoffs, College Basketball weekends and through the month of January, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 65 impaired drivers, 6 of whom were under the influence of drugs other than or in combination with alcohol. A number of these DUII arrests 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 Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct high visibility enforcement patrols this Super Bowl weekend and the entire month of February looking for impaired drivers. We encourage you to enjoy the NFL Super Bowl weekend responsibly.
If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver before the celebration begins. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds you this Super Bowl weekend to be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.
The February DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of March.
February 6, 2017 -- a 19-year-old man was convicted of sexually abusing two underage females. Washington County Detectives are seeking additional victims.
In October 2015, Washington County Child Abuse Detectives began an investigation regarding an allegation of sexual abuse by Chandler Osofsky, of Aloha. Mr Osofksy pled guilty to Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and completed his sentence.
In May 2016, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by another underage victim concerning Mr. Osofsky. Both victims were reportedly abused by Mr. Osofsky when he was 15 and they were eight years-old. The girls met him while they were enrolled at Aim High Martial Arts in Beaverton.
On February 3, 2017, Mr. Osofsky was convicted of Attempted Sexual Abuse and Attempted Unlawful Sexual Penetration concerning the second victim. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Washington County Child Abuse Detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call (503) 846-2755.
This morning, Sheriff's deputies arrested two suspects in a stolen car after a pursuit in Beaverton. They are still looking for one suspect who got away. The suspects stole the car from an occupied house in Seaside sometime yesterday.
On Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 8:11 am, Sheriff's deputies were alerted by the Seaside Police Department that suspects in a Seaside burglary were trying to use a stolen credit card at the Chevron station in North Plains (10025 NW Glencoe Road). Deputies were informed the suspects were driving a stolen 2015 white Subaru Outback. The vehicle and the credit card were stolen sometime yesterday from a residential burglary in the City of Seaside.
A deputy responding to the Chevron spotted the stolen car traveling east on Highway 26 at about NW 185th Avenue. The deputy followed the car and waited for backup units to assist with a traffic stop. Deputies and officers from the Beaverton Police Department attempted a traffic stop at SW Cedar Hills Blvd. and SW Park Way. The stolen vehicle, with three people inside, failed to stop and led the deputies on a pursuit south on Cedar Hills Boulevard. The suspects continued onto SW Walker Road and ran a red light. Deputies decided to terminate the pursuit because the suspects were driving recklessly and they did not want to endanger the public.
Several minutes after the pursuit was terminated, calls started to come into 911 regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area of NW 174th Terrace and NW Bernard Place. Neighbors reported that the stolen vehicle was abandoned in the street and the three suspects ran in different directions. Sheriff's deputies and officers from Beaverton and Hillsboro Police Departments surrounded the area and brought a K9 unit in from the Beaverton Police.
Within an hour two suspects were arrested. Twenty-year-old Autumn Brelin of Seaside was arrested nearby. She was spotted walking down the street by a Sheriff's deputy. The second suspect, 22-year-old Cyrus Grabenhorst of Seaside, was tracked down by the Beaverton police K9, "Ike". A third suspect, 30-year-old Jacob Terrill of Seaside, is still at large and investigators are asking the public's help in finding him.
The three suspects took photos of themselves in the stolen car with a stolen camera that was recovered from the car. The male suspect wearing a hat in the picture, seated in the driver seat, is Jacob Terrill. If you have any information regarding any of these suspects please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Ms. Brelin and Mr. Grabenhorst were both booked into the Washington County Jail on multiple charges.
Please contact the Seaside Police Department for information regarding the burglary and theft of the car.
January 27, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) that Mr. Reynaldo Rios, age 63, has been released from the custody of the Oregon State Hospital (OSH) and will reside in Aloha. (See attached letter from the PSRB).
On January 25, 2017, Mr. Reynaldo Rios was released from the Oregon State Hospital after serving nearly 32 years in custody for a brutal home invasion and sexual assault of a 6 year-old girl in 1984. At the time of his trial, he was found, "guilty, but insane."
After decades of statute changes and legal review, Mr. Rios was released from the Oregon State Hospital after a PSRB hearing found that he did not have "a qualifying mental illness to remain under PSRB supervision."
The PSRB is concerned about Mr. Rios' risk of re-offending due to non-qualifying mental health concerns (Pedophilia, Antisocial Personality Disorder & Substance Abuse Disorders), likeliness to engage in opportunistic and situational offending, resistance to treatment, unwanted touching of female OSH staff, lewd remarks, and indecent exposure. Upon release, he will also be unsupervised and living in an apartment complex with children nearby.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to notify the public of the release of Mr. Reynaldo Rios. The Sheriff's Office is providing direct notification of his release to the neighborhood in the area of his residence.
Last night Sheriff's deputies responded to an apartment complex in the Garden Home area on a call of an accidental shooting. Two men were handling an AR15 rifle when the gun discharged and struck one of them. The man later died at the hospital. No arrests have been made at this time.
On Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 10:58 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the Frank Estate Apartments, in the community of Garden Home on a reported shooting. When deputies arrived they found a 20-year-old man had been shot in the abdomen by a 28-year-old man who is his friend.
The victim was quickly transported to Oregon Health Sciences University, but was pronounced deceased on arrival. Deputies called detectives from the Washington County Violent Crimes Unit to investigate the case.
Detectives determined that the victim, along with several other friends, was celebrating the Chinese New Year together at the 28-year-old's apartment. The owner of the apartment owns several firearms and decided to show one of them to the group. He brought out a .223 caliber AR-15 and unloaded the weapon. The gun was passed around the group of four guests. He took the gun back and was in the process of reloading it when the weapon discharged and struck the victim. 911 was immediately called and the 28-year-old friend started to render medical aid to the victim.
The victim's parents live in another country and detectives are still trying to contact his them to notify them of his death. The shooter has not been charged with any crimes and the case is still under investigation. The names of those involved are not being released at this time pending the notification of the family.
It does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this tragic case. The Sheriff's Office strongly urges people to handle guns in a safe manner and to always treat all firearms as if they are loaded at all times.
January 27, 2017 -- Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office will be working extra patrols for two weeks in February as part of a Seat Belt Blitz. Law enforcement agencies from across Oregon will participate in a two-week campaign to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints in vehicles. The ''blitz'' runs from February 06, 2017 through February 19, 2017.
Studies by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death or disability in children from two to 14 years of age. This number is due in large part to non-use, or improper use of child safety seats and seatbelts. Proper seatbelt and child restraint use is the number one way to prevent injury or death if you or your children are involved in a crash.
Oregon law requires:
- Infants to ride in rear facing seats until they are one year old and 20 pounds.
- Children over one year old, between 20 and 40 pounds, must be in a forward facing seat.
- Children who weigh over 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are eight years old or 4' 9'' tall.
- Children who are over eight years old or 4' 9'' and all adults must be properly secured utilizing seatbelts.
- The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends that all children under 13 years old ride in the back seat. Research indicates that passengers riding in the rear seating area reduce the risk of injury for that age group.
For safety belt systems, proper use means the lap belt must be placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collar bone. Belts should be free of slack and have no twists or knots. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back; this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.
Additional information regarding car safety seats and child passenger safety can be found at: www.actsoregon.org/index.html.
The Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit is dedicated to promoting and improving traffic safety through education, analysis and enforcement.
Man Arrested After Two Separate Canine Tracks
January 23, 2017 -- A man was tracked Saturday morning by two law enforcement canine teams after assaulting someone and trying to steal a car in Cornelius. He was later arrested.
Just after 1:30am on January 21, 2017, deputies assigned to the city of Cornelius were called to a physical altercation at a residence. They learned that 20-year-old Jakob W. Crume caused an injury to another person. Mr. Crume then fled the location on foot.
Deputy Micah Akin deployed his canine partner "Stark." After a long track, Mr. Crume was not located.
Just after 6am, a citizen reported that a male tried to steal her car, which had been warming up in the driveway. She reported that he apparently was not able to drive a manual transmission. Frustrated, the man ran from the scene. The suspect was identified as Mr. Crume. Another canine team tracked Mr. Crume, but he was not immediately located.
At 7:45am, a deputy spotted a very tired Mr. Crume near S 20th Avenue and E Baseline Street. Mr. Crume was arrested and charged with Assault IV, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and violating the terms of his probation.
Deputies were assisted in this investigation by officers from the Forest Grove and Beaverton Police Departments.
Man Arrested for Stealing from Unlocked Cars
WCSO Case 50-170230302
January 23, 2017 -- A man was arrested this morning after deputies determined he had entered several unlocked vehicles the past two days to steal valuables. Some property has now been returned to owners.
On January 23, 2017 at 8:20am, a concerned citizen called non-emergency dispatch and requested a welfare check on a person slumped over behind the wheel of a vehicle in the Garden Home neighborhood.
Deputies arrived and contacted 27-year-old Dylan W. Goetz. They noticed property in the vehicle that belonged to area residents. Deputies soon learned that Mr. Goetz had entered dozens of unlocked cars over the past two days in order to steal valuables.
Mr. Goetz was arrested on charges of Theft I and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. Additional charges are likely.
Several stolen items have been returned to owners. Deputies are still receiving calls from additional victims. If you have information regarding this investigation, please contact 503-629-0111.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds everyone of the following crime prevention tips:
* Always lock your vehicle;
* Don't leave your identification, wallet, check book or credit cards in your car;
* Never leave valuables in plain sight;
* Report suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood to non-emergency dispatch at (503)629-0111.
College Football Championship DUII grant patrol weekend results for January 6th-9th. There were three DUII arrests, eight citations and 22 warnings issued by the DUII grant patrols. These are in addition to the regular patrols throughout the county.
Original release below:
January 6, 2017 -- During the month of December, Sheriff's Deputies arrested 136 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Of those 136, 8 people were arrested for drug or drug and alcohol mixed related DUII. Several of the arrests were made by deputies through grants specifically designated for DUII enforcement provided through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a strict no-tolerance approach to impaired drivers that continue to threaten the public's safety. Every year around the holidays or special sporting events , the Sheriff's Office increases the number of deputies on the road looking for DUII drivers.
In 2016, the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested a total of 1192 drivers for DUII. Of those 1192, 96 were arrested for drug or drug and alcohol mixed related DUII.
Drive sober or get pulled over.