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Deputies Ask for Public's Help Locating Person (Photo) - 07/06/22

23-year-old Ronai Yetisen was reported missing by their family on June 30, 2021 - almost one year ago. Yetisen still has not been located and was last seen by family on May 24, 2021, near SE Powell Blvd. and SE 42 Avenue in Portland.

Yetisen’s family members believe Yetisen may be houseless and have concerns about his mental health. Yetisen is approximately 5’ 04” and 105 pounds and goes by “Hazel.” Yetisen may look different than the provided photo.

If you know of Yetisen’s whereabouts, please call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111. 

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Blood Drive Honoring Deputy Mike Trotter Kicks off During His Road to Recovery - 07/05/22

On April 27, 2022, Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Deputy Mike Trotter sustained life-threatening injuries after a horrific crash in his patrol car. Deputy Trotter was extracted from his vehicle by Firefighters and Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and rushed to a local hospital by Metro West Ambulance.

When Deputy Trotter arrived at the hospital, medical staff began working to save his life. Within the first few hours of caring for him, staff used 90 units of blood products on Deputy Trotter to help revive him. 90 units of blood is nearly nine times the amount of blood in the average adult.

Due to the quick thinking and resilience of all first responders and medical staff, Deputy Trotter survived and began his journey to recovery. Deputy Trotter is still severely injured, but he, his family, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office have organized a blood drive in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest to help give back to others.

Friends, family, and community members are invited to participate at any public Bloodworks Northwest location throughout the Pacific Northwest. Make sure to schedule your appointment in advance and know your donation will make a difference and could save a life.

On the day of your donation, mention Deputy Mike Trotter’s name or share the Donor Code 5453 (Deputy Trotter’s call sign) when you check-in for your appointment.

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Update: Deputies Have Located Missing and Endangered Girl (Photo) - 06/22/22

Deputies have located 15-year-old Alexandria “Alex” Harrison. Harrison is safe and back with her family. 

Deputies want to thank the community for their help in looking for Harrison. 

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, around 4:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a missing person named Alexandria “Alex” Harrison. 15-year-old Harrison was last seen on June 22 at 4:30 am., near SW Farmington Road and SW 204th Avenue in the community of Aloha. Harrison is 5'7", 104 lbs., and has shoulder-length dark red hair and blue eyes. Harrison was last seen wearing a light-colored sweatshirt, shorts, and slippers.

Harrison got into a white 2021 Jeep Wrangler with Washington license plate BXE0319. 30-year-old James Anthony Levina was driving the Jeep and deputies want to speak with him about the incident when he picked Harrison up this morning. 

Please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111 or your local law enforcement agency if you know where Harrison is or if you have any information on the whereabouts of James Anthony Levina or the white Jeep Wrangler he was driving.

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Deputies Use Narcan to Save Person's Life After a K9 Track (Photo) - 06/10/22

On Friday, June 10, 2022, at about 7:30 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a hit-a-run call near SW 185th Avenue and SW Tualatin Valley Highway. Deputies learned a red sedan had rear-ended another vehicle, and after the two cars pulled into a nearby parking lot, the driver of the red sedan drove off. Just before the driver of the red sedan left, a witness believed they saw the driver swallow several pills. 

Deputies located the unoccupied red sedan crashed into a ditch near SW 187th Avenue and SW Augusta Lane. Hillsboro Police K9 Rocket and his partner came to the scene to help locate the suspect. The canine team and deputies found the driver in the backyard of a home in the 19000 block SW Brooklawn Place. Deputies immediately recognized the driver was unconscious and unresponsive. 

Deputies knew a witness had seen the driver take several pills right after the initial crash and suspected they could have contained fentanyl or another opiate. One of the deputies on scene, the School Resource Officer (SRO) for nearby Aloha Highschool, was with the K9 team and deputies searching for the driver.

The SRO had Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) with him and immediately administered it to the driver. After a short time, the driver began to regain consciousness. Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Metro West Ambulance Service come to the location to take over medical care for the driver.

The driver was transported to a local hospital to receive additional care. The driver was issued a citation in lieu of arrest for:

  • Failure to perform duties of a driver when property is damaged
  • Criminal mischief in the second degree
  • Trespass in the second degree 

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Update: Adult in Custody Death at the Washington County Jail - 06/10/22

The name of the 51-year-old man who died is Ronald Ferguson. Ferguson’s family has been notified, and no additional information about the investigation is available.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at approximately 9:36 p.m., a 51-year-old man died in custody at the Washington County Jail. The man arrived at the Jail shortly after 7 a.m. on June 1. While waiting to complete the booking process, deputies noticed the man was not breathing while seated in the holding area.  

Deputies immediately attempted life-saving efforts, assisted by paramedics who arrived a short time later, but those efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Deputies are still trying to contact the man's next of kin to notify them of his death. 

The Washington County Major Crimes Team (MCT) is investigating this death. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy earlier today and will issue a cause of death. The investigation is ongoing, and no other information is currently available.

This is the third in-custody death at the Washington County Jail in the last two months. The two preceding deaths were Mr. Bryce Bybee on April 17 and Ms. Crystal Leuenberger on May 24. Sheriff Garrett said, "This is unprecedented for our Jail. As I continue my commitment to transparency and improvement, I will arrange an outside entity to conduct an additional review separate from the MCT investigation." 

As of June 1, NaphCare became the jail health care provider at the Washington County Jail after earning the contract earlier this year. Before NaphCare, Correction Health Partners (CHP) provided the Washington County Jail medical care for two years. 

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is comprised of detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout the county and is coordinated by the Washington County District Attorney's Office. The team responds to major crimes that occur in Washington County.

Person Arrested in Connection With 2017 Murder Case (Photo) - 06/09/22

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the United States Marshall's Fugitive Task Force arrested 35-year-old Jimmy Pierce of Portland in connection with the 2017 murder of then 34-year-old Ramon Harris. The task force arrested Jimmy Pierce near SE Bush Street and SE 112 Avenue in Portland.

On May 19, 2017, a large group traveled from a club in Portland to Xpose Club, located at 10270 SW Canyon Road in Beaverton. Ramon Harris was shot outside the club shortly after their arrival. The Washington County Major Crimes Team responded to the scene to investigate the shooting. 

Over the next several years, the case remained open, and investigators continued to work on the case. On April 22, 2022, the case was presented to a Washington County Grand Jury, and an indictment was issued. A felony warrant was then issued for Jimmy Pierce's arrest for the following criminal charges:

  • Murder in the second degree
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a firearm

After the United States Marshall's Fugitive Task Force arrested Jimmy Pierce, he was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on the warrants related to the death of Ramon Harris and additional unrelated warrants. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wants to thank the Washington County Major Crimes Team for their tireless work and perseverance in this case.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is comprised of detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout the county and is coordinated by the Washington County District Attorney's Office. The team responds to major crimes that occur in Washington County.

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Deputy Injured in the Line of Duty Released From Hospital (Photo) - 06/07/22

After 41 days, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Trotter was released from the hospital following treatment for injuries he received after another driver crashed into his patrol vehicle on April 27.

On June 7, Deputy Trotter was transferred from Emanuel Hospital to continue his recovery at a rehabilitation facility. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) moved Deputy Trotter at his request, as he knew they were instrumental in saving his life at the crash scene.

“Our family and close friends who have been deeply involved are so grateful Mike has healed enough to leave the hospital and begin more focused rehabilitation,” Mike’s wife Heather Trotter said. “Mike and I want to thank the entire, phenomenally amazing medical team at Emanuel Hospital and all the first responders who helped save Mike’s life. Thank you as well to all people who contributed to the GoFundMe account. The generosity was overwhelming and we are so appreciative. Mike still has a long road to recovery but this is a huge step forward.”

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said, “I am so thankful Mike was able to leave the hospital today. We will continue to support Mike and his family in their recovery process. I also want to recognize the incredible role many people played in saving Mike’s life, from the people at the scene to the nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital. The community support for Mike and our agency has been amazing and we can’t thank everyone enough.”

The Beaverton Police Department is the lead investigating agency for the crash and additional details, previously released, can be found here.

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Deputy Trotter to be Released from Hospital Following Crash - 06/07/22

For media planning purposes: Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Trotter will be released from the hospital today and will be moved to a local rehabilitation center to continue his recovery.

KOIN-TV has been designated as the pool video camera to document his release and transfer. KOIN will use WeTransfer to provide the video to KATU, KGW, and KPTV. Any other media outlets who would like access to the video can email wcsopio@co.washington.or.us for a download link.

The Sheriff’s Office will have photographs and additional media available for release later today. 

This afternoon, a media release will go out to the public with additional details. At this time, neither Deputy Trotter nor his family will be making statements to the media.