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MCSO Responds to Overnight Burglary at Reynolds High School *Update* (Photo) - 07/24/17

The suspects in this case have been identified as 58 year old George Brooks of Portland, OR and 34 year old Ruben Bentz of Gresham, OR. Both were lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I, Attempted Theft I, and Interfering with a Police Officer. Booking photos are attached.

Injuries involved a dog bite to one of the suspects, and the other complained of trouble breathing after a brief foot pursuit. Both were treated at a local hospital prior to being booked.

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On 07/24/2017, shortly after 3:00 am, MCSO deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR. When deputies arrived they were able to hear suspects in an area of the school currently undergoing renovation, and found one of the doors accessing the area had been pried open.

Deputies worked along with members of Gresham, Fairview and Portland Police to establish a perimeter around the school as they searched for the suspects. Once the alleged thieves heard police inside the building, they attempted to run away on foot through an open field.

A police K9 from the Portland Police Bureau captured the first suspect, while deputies arrested the second. Deputies returned to the construction area and found several tools loaded into wheelbarrows, ready to be taken from the scene.

Both suspects in this case were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, names and booking photos will be released as soon as they are available.

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*Update* MCSO and GPD to conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission (Photo) - 07/17/17

**UPDATE**

The joint pedestrian safety mission with MCSO deputies and GPD officers yielded 43 citations and two warnings for Failure to Stop for a Pedestrian, three citations for No Seatbelt, four cellphone violations, two suspended drivers, a few other citations, and one DUII (drugs) over the four-hour span.

MCSO and GPD encourage all drivers to be aware of pedestrians and to follow traffic laws while traveling Oregon roadways.

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Gresham Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Mission on Friday, July 14 on Cochran Road between Troutdale Road and Kane Drive.

Oregon's streets and highways are busy, with roadways being shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle/pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to a pedestrian.

Half of the pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety.

MCSO and GPD would like to remind everyone of these tips to help keep pedestrians safe:

* Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.

* Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. (A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.)

* When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

* Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.

* Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.

* Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.

* Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.

Funding for both agencies to perform this joint effort mission is provided by Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure - 07/14/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):

* XXX.XX -- Communication with the Media

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office website, accessible here: https://www.mcso.us/site/policy_review.php

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Fairview Police Department Consolidation Approved - 07/13/17

On July 13, 2017, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to begin providing law enforcement services to the City of Fairview starting August 1, 2017.

The commissioner's approval, in combination with the Fairview City Council's June 21, 2017 vote to approve a resolution to merge law enforcement services with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, marks the final step in the consolidation between the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Fairview Police Department.

Over the upcoming months, both agencies will strive to ensure a seamless transition and look forward to providing enhanced law enforcement services to the City of Fairview.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is pleased to welcome the experienced officers and staff of the Fairview Police Department, as we continue to build on the long standing history of service this agency has provided to the citizens of Fairview.

Beginning August 1, 2017, the officers and sergeants who patrol the City of Fairview will become deputies and sergeants with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. As part of the expanded service level for the City of Fairview, Sheriff's Office supervisors will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud noted, "I am excited about our city's partnership with the Sheriff's Office. I am confident the City of Fairview will benefit from the expanded police services this contract provides."

This consolidation of services would not have been possible without the thoughtful and diligent work of a host of different entities including;

* Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Multnomah County Budget Office
* Multnomah County Labor Relations
* Multnomah County Department of County Assets
* Multnomah County Attorney's Office
* Fairview City Council
* City of Fairview Administration
* City of Fairview Attorney's Office
* Fairview Public Safety Advisory Committee
* Multnomah County Deputies Association
* Fairview Police Officers Association
* AFSCME Local 88
* Teamsters 223
* The citizens and business' of Fairview

Sheriff Reese commented, "I am pleased the City of Fairview has entrusted MCSO to provide law enforcement services in their community, and I am thankful for all of the hard work that has gone into making this consolidation a reality."

All current sworn and civilian staff of the Fairview Police Department will transfer from the City of Fairview to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office during swearing-in ceremony on July 31, 2017.

As part of the agreement, the Sheriff's Office will utilize the Fairview Police facility to house Sheriff's Office operations. Ownership and maintenance of the facility will remain under the purview of the City of Fairview.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing exemplary service to all of Multnomah County, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the City of Fairview and the residents and visitors who enjoy this beautiful city.

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River Patrol Deputies Recover Body from Columbia River Slough **UPDATE** - 06/30/17

**FINAL UPDATE**

Thanks to the help of numerous tips from members of the public, the man found in the Columbia Slough on 06/17/2017 has been identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as 20 year old Rakesh Nath, of Portland, OR.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office would like to thank everyone who called in with information that led to finding this positive identification.

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**UPDATE**

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office are asking for the public's help in identifying an adult male found in the Columbia Slough on 06/17/2017. Attached is a flyer showing a tattoo that was on the victim's arm, as well as a physical description.

Anyone who recognizes the tattoo is asked to call either the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office at (971) 673-8220 or the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Tip line at (503) 988-5300.

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On Saturday, 06/17/2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a boater had seen a body in the water of the Columbia Slough, near N. Denver Ave. MCSO River Patrol units recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.

Attached Media Files: ME_Flyer.pdf
MCSO to Participate in Enhanced Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Enforcement - 06/30/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol will be participating in enhanced BUI enforcement over the holiday weekend.

Launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national weekend of boating under the influence (BUI) awareness, education, and enforcement. ODW puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water just before the Fourth of July to give BUI enforcement high visibility before a holiday known for drinking and boating.

Alcohol was the leading factor in 350 boating accidents in 2016. 83% of people who drowned in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket. In 2016, officers made contact with 131,054 boaters, made 367 BUI arrests, and issued 18,659 citations and warnings for safety violations.

Avoid trouble while you are out on the water. Ensure that you:
* Complete a boating safety course
* Check your vessel before you hit the water
* Have at least one USCG approved life jacket per person (recommended to have two extra on board)
* Be aware and avoid distractions
* Stay hydrated
* Boat sober

Beginning on June 30 and running through July 4, the MCSO River Patrol Unit will provide enhanced BUI units on local waterways as part of Operation Dry Water, and in support of a safe Blues Festival, and the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Marine Board, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NASBLA, want to remind you to boat safe and boat sober. Never BUI.

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MCSO to participate in enhanced DUII enforcement during Fourth of July holiday (Photo) - 06/27/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in enhanced DUII enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday.

Independence Day is one of our nation's most celebrated holidays. With plenty of backyard barbecues, picnics, and pool parties to attend, millions of Americans head out onto the roads to take part in summer festivities.

Unfortunately, this celebratory holiday often turns deadly for those who decide to drink and drive. In fact, in 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes--almost a third of all traffic fatalities nationwide. To put it in perspective, that's equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to remind you that any time you drive under the influence of alcohol, you put everyone in danger, including yourself. Help us spread this lifesaving message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

During the Fourth of July holiday period, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 30, and ends on Wednesday, July 5 at 5:59 a.m., make sure you plan for a safe weekend of festivities. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be adding enhanced DUII patrols and enforcement throughout the county.

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive, even if you've just had one alcoholic beverage.

The Sheriff's Office reminds you to have a plan if you are going to drink;
* Designate a sober driver
* Call a taxi or ride-sharing service
* Use public transportation

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1. If you know a friend who is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and make arrangements for a safe trip home.

This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100-percent sober, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.


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Sheriff Reese publishes first episode of the MCSO Public Safety Podcast (Photo) - 06/27/17

In this episode, Sheriff Reese discusses issues about livability and homelessness with Marc Jolin, Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services. The podcast is free, and you can listen to it at http://goo.gl/Bo6FA8

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MCSO Deputies Respond to Two Vehicle Crash - 06/27/17

On 06/27/2017, just before 12:30 am, Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle crash in the 29000 block of SE Powell Valley Road.

The driver of the first vehicle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The second driver was treated at the scene and released, and is cooperating with the investigation.

Members of the East County Vehicular Crash Team have been investigating this accident throughout the night. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

No further details are available at this time.