Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Mother Endangers Children and Deputies during Arrest (Photo)
July 26, 2014-Sheriff's Deputies were preparing to stop a vehicle with a wanted fugitive. The vehicle drove into a driveway and when deputies contacted the driver, she rammed a patrol vehicle and fought with deputies in an attempt to avoid arrest. She had her two children in the vehicle at the time.
On July 26, 2014, at 12:13 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy saw a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada SUV driven by Molly Noonan, westbound on Highway 26 in the Helvetia area. The Deputy knew that Ms. Noonan had active Felony Theft warrants for her arrest. The deputy could not stop Ms. Noonan because he was already transporting someone to jail so he notified nearby deputies of the situation.
Another deputy was able to locate the Bravada in the city of North Plains and was assisted by additional Sheriff's Deputies when the Bravada abruptly stopped in a driveway. The Sheriff's Deputies contacted the driver, identified as Molly Noonan, 46, from the community of Rock Creek. She had her 15 year-old daughter and nine year-old son in the vehicle with her. Molly Noonan gave the deputies a false name and identification.
Sheriff's Deputies knew who Ms. Noonan was from previous arrests. When the deputies told Ms. Noonan that she was under arrest, she started her vehicle and rapidly accelerated in reverse. She struck a 2007 Acura MDX in the driveway and pushed it backwards into a Sheriff's Chevy Tahoe causing significant damage to all three vehicles.
Four Sheriff's Deputies had to move quickly to avoid being struck by the moving vehicles. One deputy was pinned between the Bravada and the Acura as Ms. Noonan's daughter exited the Bravada and began to assault the deputy. The teenager was quickly subdued and arrested by deputies. Molly Noonan was resisting being arrested by two other deputies after they had to break the driver's window to open the door and take her into custody to stop her reckless behavior.
Fortunately, the deputy only received minor injuries and the children were not injured by Ms. Noonan's actions. Molly Noonan did receive minor injuries and was cleared by hospital personnel before she was taken to jail. Molly Noonan's daughter was taken to the Donald E. Long Detention facility where she was lodged with criminal charges pending. Molly Noonan's son was placed into protective custody.
Molly Renee Noonan was lodged in the Washington County Jail. She is charged with 26 crimes to include: five counts of Felony Attempted First Degree Assault, five counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (the SUV), Escape, Resisting Arrest, two counts of Reckless Endangering (her children), Identity Theft, Forgery and False Information to a Police Officer. She was also lodged on the Felony First and Second Degree Theft, Forgery and Identity Theft warrants. She is held on $415,000 bail.
Arraignment will be at 3:00 p.m. on July 28, 2014 at the Law Enforcement Center in Hillsboro.
Two Crashes this Evening End with Injuries and DUII Charges (Photo)
Friday, July 18, 2014
Two roll-over crashes, about two hours apart, were influenced by drivers who were intoxicated. A passenger in one of the vehicles seriously injured an arm. Both drivers were arrested.
On Friday, July 18, 2014, at about 4:06 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a roll-over crash near 32380 NW Hornecker Rd. in unincorporated Washington County near the City of Cornelius. The driver, 26-year-old Wert Russert from Hillsboro, lost control of his 2003 Chevy pick up truck and left the roadway. The truck rolled at least once and came to rest on its wheels. Fire crews had to cut off the top of the truck in order to remove the passenger, a 17-year-old male. The passenger was transported to Emanuel hospital with an injured arm.
Deputies investigating the crash determined Mr. Russert was intoxicated and he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of intoxicants and Assault in the Fourth Degree.
About two hours later, at 6:09 p.m., in the community of Laurelwood, deputies responded to another roll-over crash at the intersection of SW Laurelwood Rd. and SW Parmele Rd. The driver, 25-year-old Jason Eaton of Beaverton, lost control of his 1997 Dodge pick up and rolled it an unknown number of times. Both he and his 24-year-old passenger were not hurt. Deputies determined that Mr. Eaton was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for DUII.
Deputies Search for Suspect in Drive-by Shooting (Photo)
July 17, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for the person that shot a parked vehicle in Cornelius this morning.
On July 17, 2014 at about 4:39 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies, serving the city of Cornelius, were called to a residence in the 1700 block of North Davis in Cornelius, concerning a drive-by shooting. The homeowner called to report his vehicle had been shot overnight.
Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 GMC Envoy parked in a driveway with damage consistent with being shot with a shotgun. They found the rear glass was shot out with substantial damage to the lift gate (photos attached). Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect but were unable to locate the responsible person.
Sheriff's Deputies were told by two different neighbors that they heard a gunshot between midnight and 1:00 a.m. but did not call 911. The vehicle owner found the damage just prior to calling Deputies. There are no known suspects and it appears the vehicle was possibly randomly chosen.
If suspicious or criminal activity is suspected, the public is encouraged to immediately call the Sheriff's Office to investigate.
Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
Sheriff's Employee Arrested for Sexual Misconduct (Photo)
July 16, 2014, Sheriff's Office employee arrested for sexual misconduct.
On July 8, 2014, the Sheriff's Office learned of possible criminal conduct concerning Jill Curry, a civilian Jail Services Technician employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office since October of 2004. The reporting person contacted the Sheriff's Office Professional Standards Unit to investigate the validity of the complaint. It was alleged that Ms. Curry had engaged in criminal activity related to her official duties while working in the Washington County Jail.
That same day, Ms. Curry was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an external criminal investigation. Sheriff Pat Garrett contacted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to request a comprehensive independent criminal investigation.
Today, July 16, 2014, Ms. Curry, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail. She is held on $120,000 bail. She is charged with six counts of first degree Custodial Sexual Misconduct and six counts of first degree Official Misconduct.
The Sheriff's Office investigates all complaints thoroughly and holds all employees accountable for their actions to maintain the highest standards.
Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "While there's a presumption of innocence in our justice system, this employee is accused of extremely serious misconduct. If the allegations are found to be true, then this employee completely violated my trust and the public's trust and will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately."
The criminal investigation is ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time.
Deputies Respond to a Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
July 12, 2014 - Washington County Deputies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV. The driver of the motorcycle was fatally injured as a result of the crash.
At 6:51 p.m. Deputies responded to an injury crash at SW 185th and SW Farmington Road in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival deputies learn that a motorcycle ridden by 26-year-old Andrew Barnes of Bethany was riding north on SW 185th. After crossing SW Farmington Road, he crashed into a 2008 Toyota Highlander driven by 36-year-old Heather Williams of Portland.
The initial investigation revealed that Ms. Williams pulled out of a parking lot onto SW 185th and into the path of Mr. Barnes. Deputies also learned Mr. Barnes was wearing novelty helmet, which does not meet minimum DOT safety requirements and is a violation of Oregon law.
According to the Center for Disease Control, "Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders."
The investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued.
Deputies Catch Burglar After He Falls From Tree (Photo)
July 12, 2014 - Washington County Deputies responded to a call from a homeowner who found a man inside his home. The suspect assaulted the homeowner before running from the house. Deputies located the suspect in a tree where he eventually fell and was taken into custody.
At 2:40 p.m. Deputies responded to SW Pheasant Drive in the community of Aloha on a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival deputies learned the suspect fled the scene into a green space behind the home. Deputies tracked the suspect with the assistance of a Sheriff's K9.
After a search of the area, deputies located the suspect in a tree less than a mile from the victim's home. The suspect refused several orders to come down from the tree. Instead he climbed higher until he fell approximately forty feet and sustained minor injuries.
The suspect was taken into custody and later identified as 46-year-old Bret T. Davis with a last known address in Hillsboro. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Once cleared at the hospital, Mr. Davis will be transported to the Washington County Jail and charged with Burglary I, Robbery III, Assault IV and Theft II.
The homeowner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Sheriff's Office Hosts Multi-Agency Crisis Training (Photo)
July 10, 2014--Some situations that law enforcement respond to involve people who are
experiencing a crisis in their lives. These incidents require the assistance of trained
professionals. The Washington County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
regularly trains to assist people in their time of need. The CNU is comprised of
Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies, the FBI, and officers from the Hillsboro,
Beaverton and Tigard Police Departments.
On July 9, 2014, the CNU hosted a multi-agency crisis training event at Hillsboro High
School. Participating in the training were Washington County CNU, Portland Police
Bureau, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office with Oregon City Police Department, Western
States Hostage Negotiator's Association, Hillsboro Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire
and Rescue and Washington County Mental Health.
The scenario based training provided the opportunity for the agencies to train side by side
and learn from each other to enhance their response individually and as a group. The
training focused on making the situation safe for all people involved, then concentrating
on active communication with the person in mental crisis or in emotional distress. There
were about 80 participants involved, including volunteer role players to help add the reallife
aspect for the negotiators. The crisis scenarios ranged from active threat situations to
suicidal situations. The Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
used ladder trucks to transport negotiators to the rooftop to negotiate with roll players in
diverse hazardous situations (photo attached).
For many years, the Washington County Sheriff's Office has trained our deputies and have
assisted other law enforcement agencies how to help people in crisis situations. This
training varies from smaller scale situations to large scale multi-agency operations similar
to the one yesterday.
The Sheriff's Office is pleased to have this opportunity to train together to provide
improved services to the citizens of Washington County and the metropolitan area. The
Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved, including the Hillsboro School
District for generously allowing the use of their school buildings to facilitate the training
in a real-life environment.
The Sheriff's Office urges anyone who hears of, or has knowledge of, someone in a crisis
situation to please notify their local law enforcement.
Woman Arrested after Burglarizing Occupied House (Photo)
July 6, 2014--Washington County Deputies arrested a woman who burglarized a home while the owner was present. The woman was captured after a search of the house.
On July 6, 2014, at about 5:14 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 17600 block of SW Alexander Street in Aloha concerning a burglary. The homeowner called Sheriff's Deputies and reported she thought someone was breaking in to her house through a rear window.
Numerous Sheriff's Deputies converged to the area to secure the house for the homeowner's safety and attempt to capture the suspect. The deputies had the homeowner safely exit the house.
As the deputies were entering the house, they saw a female run out of the rear door. Deputies quickly caught up to the female and as they attempted to detain her, she began fighting to avoid arrest. After she was handcuffed, she broke away from deputies but was again captured where she began fighting. She was identified as Shaunte Comfort, 35, from Beaverton.
The Washington County Forensic Science unit arrived to process the scene. There was several hundred dollars of damage done to the rear door and window of the house caused by Ms. Comfort.
Shaunte Comfort was lodged in the Washington County Jail. She was charged with First Degree Burglary, Escape, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief. She is held on $50,000 bail.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
Deputies Search for Subway Robbery Suspect - 07/04/14
July 4, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he robbed a Subway Restaurant.
On July 4, 2014 at about 1:40 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Subway Restaurant at 10725 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was one man that robbed the 21 year-old female clerk. Multiple Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect.
Sheriff's Deputies were told the robbery suspect came into the restaurant at 1:40 a.m., ordered a sandwich and went through the process of having the employee make it. The employee told Sheriff's Deputies that when she rang the order up, the man displayed an unspecified weapon and demanded the cash in the register.
The employee gave the man a small amount of cash and he fled on foot. The employee was not injured. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with a K9 and handler with no success.
Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation. Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing.
The man was described as a light skinned black male, 16-20 years old with a very thin build. He had longer brown and blonde streaked hair with brown eyes and was clean shaven. He was wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and white draw string. He wore dark blue denim pants and had black framed glasses.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
Helicopter Crash at Lumber Mill Injures California Man (Photo)
July 3, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a helicopter that crashed on takeoff. The pilot received minor injuries.
On July 3, 2014, at 8:08 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Stimson's Lumber Mill in the community of Gaston concerning a helicopter crash.
Deputies responded and found a 1969 Bell 47G-3B-2 helicopter on its side in the gravel area next to the mill. The helicopter was a total loss from the extensive damage it received. Deputies learned that the pilot was attempting to takeoff with a bucket suspended by cables underneath. The bucket was loaded with mosquito treatment that the pilot was planning on dropping into the log ponds.
The initial investigation reveals that on takeoff, the right landing gear became entangled in the cable suspending the bucket. Witnesses told deputies the helicopter reached a height of about 20 feet before it tipped to the side and crashed.
There were four men on the ground within 40 feet of the helicopter as it attempted to takeoff. The men saw there was trouble and ran for cover behind a nearby pickup. They narrowly escaped serious injury as debris and pieces of the aircraft were launched through the air, some damaging the pickup they were behind. Another large piece of metal was catapulted through the cab of a Dodge pickup and landed about 150 feet away (photo attached).
Sheriff's Deputies found that Warren Larson, 31, from Cloverdale California was the pilot and lone occupant of the helicopter. He was treated by medical personnel for head and arm injuries and released at the scene. Warren Larson was employed for Western Helicopter Services in Newberg at the time of the crash.
The FAA was contacted and responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Swim Coach Arrested for Sex Abuse, Additional Victims Sought (Photo)
July 2, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives are searching for additional sex abuse victims following the arrest of a Beaverton man. There are two victims identified. Detectives fear there may be additional victims due to the man's extensive contact with children.
On June 23, 2014, at 7:07 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by the Sunset Athletic Center at 13939 NW Cornell Road to investigate a complaint that Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly, 17, from Beaverton had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint as the Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.
Preliminary information was that Mr. Kelly had been a swimming instructor at the club since October 2013. His main responsibility was to teach children how to swim and provide lifeguard services at the pool. He would teach individual and group lessons. Sheriff's Deputies learned that Mr. Kelly finished a swim lesson with children under eight years old and afterward allegedly inappropriately touched two of them in a secluded room.
Child Abuse Detectives have processed evidence and interviewed a number of people who had knowledge of the incident. Detectives fear there may be additional victims that Mr. Kelly may have abused due to his employment placing him in close proximity to children. Mitchell Kelly worked at the Beaverton Swim Center on NW Science Park Road for about eight months prior to his employment at Sunset Athletic Center.
Mitchell Kelly was arrested and transported in the Washington County Jail where he was arraigned in adult court on June 30, 2014. He is held on $250,000 bail and has been transferred to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland. He was initially charged with two counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and two counts of Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct. Complete charges will be forthcoming after the case is presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes committed by Mr. Kelly. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
Deputies Capture Three Men after Extensive Manhunt (Photo)
Photo from May 2014 Arrest
July 1, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies captured three men who are believed to have burglarized a house. The men fled to avoid arrest but deputies searched until all were eventually captured. One man had numerous violent crime warrants.
On July 1, 2014, at about 1:49 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 17700 block of SW Corona Lane, in the community of Aloha, concerning a burglary.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff's Office to report there were men breaking a window to gain access to an abandoned house. They told deputies there have been problems with this house in the past.
Multiple deputies converged upon the area in an attempt to capture the men. Deputies were assisted by Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Officers. As the deputies were securely containing the house, three men ran out the front door. Almost immediately, Sheriff's Deputies detained a 16 year-old male that ran.
The other two suspects were identified as another 16 year-old male and Terry Lynn Smith Jr., 20, from Aloha. Terry Smith was a wanted fugitive and had numerous outstanding felony warrants for his arrest, including robbery and weapons charges. Both men were jumping fences and running through yards and wooded areas as Sheriff's Deputies and Police Officers were actively pursuing them in the 95 degree heat.
The men continued to elude law enforcement although they were contained to an area around SW 185th Avenue and SW Salix Drive. The men split up but they both continued to run and attempt to hide. They would be periodically spotted by law enforcement and begin running again. They were steadily being contained to a rapidly reducing area as time went on. At 4:26 p.m., the second 16 year-old suspect was captured while hiding in some bushes. At 4:42 p.m., Terry Smith was captured attempting to hide behind an apartment building.
Terry Lynn Smith Jr. was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Burglary, Trespassing, and the existing warrants for First and Second Degree Robbery, Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Theft. He is held without the possibility of release.
The juveniles were turned over to Donald E. Long Detention Center pending charges.
Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe and Enjoyable 4th of July
July, 1, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe
and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks everyone to be safe and considerate when
celebrating the 4th of July. In addition to extra patrols focused on intoxicated driving
over the holiday weekend, deputies will be prepared to enforce laws related to illegal fireworks. Using or possessing illegal fireworks is a Class C Misdemeanor.
Every year Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to complaints of holiday
gatherings that get out of hand due to intoxication and illegal fireworks. These
complaints include physical injury, property damage and neighborhood disturbances. Pets
and small children are also affected by loud noises from illegal fireworks that are used
late into the night. Citizens should also consider that damage or injury caused by a
careless act involving fireworks can bring significant civil liability.
Fire Marshals with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) will ride with Sheriff's
Deputies during the holiday. TVF&R is another agency kept very busy with fire and
medical calls on the 4th of July.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal's information flyer on legal and illegal fireworks is
Please remember to be safe and considerate while celebrating this Independence Day.