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Three Suspected Car Prowlers Arrested (Photo) - 09/27/14
On September 23, 2014, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office took three people into custody who were actively breaking into parked vehicles on Columbia River Highway near Angels Rest in the Columbia River Gorge. During the investigation, multiple persons returned from hiking in the area and reported their vehicles had been broken into. The three individuals, who were taken into custody are identified as Brian Peoples DOB 05/24/77, Kristina Yurick 10/20/71, and Chelsea Knight 7/11/94. Both Brian Peoples and Kristina Yurick were booked into Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges and outstanding arrest warrants. Chelsea Knight was later released without being charged at the time of the initial report.

The initial investigation conducted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office led to the execution of a search warrant on a hotel room at the Motel 6 in Troutdale along with a vehicle seen leaving the area. The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Gresham and Troutdale Police Departments. During the execution of the search warrant, multiple stolen items were recovered including a stolen loaded firearm and suspected methamphetamine. Prior to the execution of the search warrant, Michael Llanos was seen running from the hotel room and was taken into custody on outstanding arrest warrants and additional charges.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are expected.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind those that recreation in the Scenic Gorge to always lock up your valuables or carry them with you, and we recommend when visiting the area that you only bring with you those items you absolutely need. It is important that you try not to leave any valuables in plain sight in your car especially when parking at trail heads. For more information on how to protect you vehicle and valuables please visit our Sheriff's Office website.

Acting PIO Lt. Travis W. Gullberg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office partners with Portland Police Bureau for upcoming Speed Enforcement Mission on Interstate 84 - 09/27/14
On September 26, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) will join together in a cooperative speed enforcement mission on Interstate 84 from I-5 to I-84 Milepost 42 east and west. MCSO Deputies and PPB Officers will focus their efforts on providing an enhanced presence on I-84 to deter motorists from exceeding the posted speed limit and targeting speeding and aggressive drivers. Although speeding is the primary focus of the mission, both MCSO and PPB officers will also be monitoring for drivers using cell phones, failing to wear seat belts, failing to maintain safe distance, and following to close.

Speed is one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year. According to the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,000 people die as the result of traffic crashes each year on our nation's highways, and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured.

Results from the mission will be published after the mission is complete and they are compiled. For more information please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide ride-a-longs because most of the participating units will be motorcycles. We are suggesting media use overpasses for video footage. For any requested interviews contact Acting PIO Lt. Travis W. Gullberg via the PIO Pager.


Here are the results of the Speed Enforcement Mission:

Citations issued;
Speeding - 81
Suspended Driver - 1
No Insurance - 10
No Driver's License - 2
Careless Driving - 2
Failure to use Seatbelt - 1
Other violations - 7

Warnings given;
Speeding - 2
No Insurance - 4
Other violations - 10

Alleged Armed Robber Captured (Photo) - 09/25/14
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 the US Marshall Service Fugitive Task Force and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office took Daniel Ortiz M/H 06/17/91 into custody on multiple outstanding arrest warrants. The outstanding warrants included a Robbery I warrant stemming from an alleged armed robbery committed by him on the 4th of September in Wood Village. It is alleged that Daniel Ortiz had advertised a vehicle for sale on Craigslist. When the potential buyers met with the suspect to buy the vehicle he pointed a handgun at them and demanding the money they had, which was intended for the purchase the vehicle.

Prior to Daniel Ortiz being taken into custody he fled from the US Marshalls in a vehicle he had stolen from the Seattle Washington area causing a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of NW 14th and NW Overton. The crash did not result in any injuries but caused extensive property damage.

Daniel Ortiz is currently being held in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges and outstanding arrest warrants. More charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Acting PIO Lt. Travis W. Gullberg

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to conduct Corbett School Zone Safety Enforcement and Education Mission - 09/21/14
As part of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) continuing effort to increase traffic safety awareness and remind drivers that the safety of children is everyone's concern the Sheriff's Office will be conducting a School Zone Safety Enforcement Mission in Corbett the week of September 22-25th and Monday Sept. 29th. MCSO Deputies will place a special emphasis on enforcing traffic laws in Corbett school zones, bus zones, and crosswalks (35800 block of E Historic Columbia River Hwy). MCSO Deputies will also enforce laws regarding parking in and around school zones. Patrol times may vary but are generally scheduled to occur during the morning commute as students are arriving at schools, lunchtime hours and during the afternoon commute when school students are being dismissed for the day.

Tragedies occur when drivers and pedestrians don't know or follow the rules of the road. Across the nation more than 230 million children begin and end the day on a school bus. Designated school zones are meant to alert motorists that the area they are entering will likely have children directly or potentially interfacing with traffic.

School zones are often marked with yellow-black signing, and indicate times of reduced speed during school arrival and dismissal times. As a driver, the most important thing you can do to protect children in school zones is to slow down.

Media interested in covering a portion of this mission please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer for more information.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to conduct "Operation Undercover Crossing" Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mission in Wood Village (Photo) - 09/14/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will commence "Operation Undercover Crossing" on Monday September 15th, from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Monday's operation will take place at the intersections of NE 230th Court and NE Halsey in the City of Wood Village. This will be the second of two pedestrian safety enforcement missions conducted by the Sheriff's Office this summer.

The focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. Both pedestrians and drivers will be observed during this mission.

Approximately 75% of motor vehicle - pedestrian car crashes are due to driver miscalculations when yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street. In 2012, 18 of the state's 61 pedestrian fatalities occurred in Multnomah County and the death toll rose to 61 from 46 pedestrian fatalities in 2011.

In 2012, 4,743 people were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes, more than 12 people every day of the year (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts). Though the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 4,901 in 2001 to 4,743 in 2012, there were 76,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2012; nearly one injury every 7 minutes.

According to Oregon law, drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the sidewalk, or is at least one lane past the lane where the driver has stopped. Failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a Class B traffic violation punishable by a fine of $260.

Passing a vehicle stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk is also a Class B traffic violation, also punishable by a fine of $260.

Funding from Oregon Walks and the Oregon Department of Transportation has made Operation Undercover Crossing possible.

If you have questions about this operation or would like to ride along with deputies during the event, please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer.
MCSO K9 Deputy Varro career celebrated as he retires from service (Photo) - 09/11/14
Today, Thursday Sept 11, 2014, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) celebrated MCSO Patrol K9 Varro's retirement from service with MCSO. MCSO K9 Deputy Varro started his career with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in October of 2005 after arriving in Portland from Germany. Varro, a 100% Pure Bred German Shepherd, was assigned to MCSO Patrol Deputy Todd Weber at the age of 16 months and served his whole career with Deputy Weber.

Varro's exemplary service started with a required 400 hours of Basic K-9 classes and the passing of the Oregon Police Canine Association standards. Varro ended his service with last assignment after a K-9 demonstration at the Kidney Kids Camp entertaining kids fighting through kidney disease.

Varro's career statistics include 985 Calls for Service, 123 captures, 172 assisted apprehensions and numerous evidence finds and retrievals. He has participated in over a hundred public appearances and demonstrations at schools and community events. In addition, Varro has deployed with several specialty units including the East Metro SWAT Team, US Marshal Service, PPB SWAT Team and Clackamas County SWAT. Varro has also assisted several other agencies in the metropolitan area when called upon including Clackamas County , Hood River County, Clark County and Washington County.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks Varro for his distinguished service and for the exemplary service he has provided to the communities of Multnomah County over his nearly 9 years of Service with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Attached Media Files: K9Varro6 , K9Varro5 , K9Varro4 , K9Varro3 , K9Varro2 , K9Varro1
Jury Duty Scam Alert! - 09/05/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has taken a several reports of citizens receiving telephone calls from people claiming to be Sheriff's Deputies. The caller is telling people that they have missed jury duty in Multnomah County and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller goes on to say the person needs to pay up to $900 to clear the warrant or face arrest. The caller instructs the victim to buy pre-paid or pre-loaded money cards. These cards can be used like credit or debit cards. The caller also instructs the victim to call them back at a phone number to provide the account information from the purchased cards.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office does not call people on the telephone to inform them that a warrant has been issued for missing jury duty. In fact, warrants are not issued for people that fail to appear for jury duty in Multnomah County.

Additionally, Sheriff's Deputies do not call citizens and tell them they need to buy prepaid cards or provide any financial information.

These types of scams play on the trust the public. Jury duty is an important civic duty and the people making these scam phone calls are using people's sense of responsibility to commit crimes. If anyone has questions about jury service they are encouraged to call the court's jury coordinator.

Impersonating a law enforcement officer is also a serious crime. A person can always ask for a deputy or officer's ID number (DPSST number) and to speak to a supervisor; especially if they do not understand the information a deputy is giving.

Anyone who has recently received one of these scam telephone calls or has become a victim of this scam is encouraged to call their local law enforcement agency.
Better photo of Sgt. Scott Collins
Better photo of Sgt. Scott Collins
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Roadside Memorial Dedication (Photo)--PHOTO UPDATES 9/3/14 - 09/03/14
UPDATE -- ****Added a couple pictures from yesterday's dedication.**** 9/5/14

UDPATE -- *******Found and uploaded higher-res photos of both Scott Collins and Mark Whitehead******** 9/3/14

On Thursday September 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will host a roadside memorial dedication ceremony in the Fairview City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1300 NE Village St. in Fairview, OR. 97024. At the dedication ceremony a roadside memorial sign will be unveiled honoring the memory and ultimate sacrifice of Reserve Sergeant Scott Collins and Reserve Deputy Mark Whitehead who lost their lives on February 26, 1993.

On February 26, 1993 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Reserve Sergeant Scott Collins and Reserve Deputy Mark Whitehead were on routine patrol in a marked patrol car traveling eastbound on I-84 near 207th Ave. A driver in the inside lane of I-84 traveling westbound lost control of his vehicle, hit the grass median strip and flew into the eastbound lanes. The undercarriage of his vehicle sheared off the top of the MCSO patrol vehicle, killing Reserve Sgt. Scott Collins and Reserve Deputy Mark Whitehead instantly. The driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol content over .20 percent.

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed a law to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. The law set up a program to allow for a roadside memorial sign to be installed on a state highway to commemorate fallen officers. Since 2011, roadside memorials have been approved through a concurrent resolution for thirteen other law enforcement officers throughout the State of Oregon.

The roadside memorial sign will be installed along the I-84 freeway near the site of the 1993 accident. The sign will honor the memory of the ultimate sacrifice of Sgt. Scott Collins and Dep. Mark Whitehead in the service of the communities they served.

Public and media are invited to join members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Legislature and other elected officials for the dedication ceremony of the roadside memorial sign. This memorial is being paid for by private funds and will be a constant reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving while giving the families of those two deputies a visual reminder of the appreciation felt by the entire community for their sacrifice. Family members of both Sgt. Collins and Dep. Whitehead will be attending the ceremony.

A reception will be held in the Fairview City Council Chambers following the afternoon ceremony.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office MCSO Search and Rescue recruiting volunteers for Search and Rescue Program - 09/02/14
No experience required! The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will begin enrollment this week in its annual Search and Rescue (SAR) program - open to those interested in volunteering their time. An orientation meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 and again on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the MCSO Hansen Building located at 12240 N.E. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97230.

Those who enroll in the SAR training program will become members of the MCSOSAR tradition, becoming members of an active search and rescue team that is regularly called to find the lost and care for the injured in the Columbia River Gorge, throughout Multnomah County, and around the state of Oregon. The program will accept volunteers over the age of 14, in good health, who are able to pass a background check. Middle and high school students must be making sufficient progress toward their diploma.

The 8-month program offers training and experience in current search and rescue techniques and culminates in Oregon State Search and Rescue certification. After the first month of training, new members will be able to participate in some searches. After just a few months, they can participate in all search types.

Key elements of SAR training include search techniques; wilderness awareness; outdoor survival skills; evidence identification and crime scene preservation; land navigation using GPS, map and compass; medical assessment and first aid.

This program is unique in that it is specifically youth oriented and provides an opportunity for those under 18 to hold leadership positions within the unit. All ages work side by side during training, missions, and events.

Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend either of the orientation nights. Questions can be emailed to or check out our website at for more information.

MCSOSAR Recruitment PR attached.
Attached Media Files: SAR Recruitment PR