Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Lost Hiker in Gorge Helped by Trails Club of Oregon - 12/03/13
On Monday 12/02 at about 7:30 PM, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a report of a lost hiker. In an unusual twist, the call for help came from a representative of the Trails Club of Oregon who was relaying information to BOEC from the lost hiker.
The hiker, Vasil Gerginski, 25, of Niles, Illinois, had started his hike from the Multnomah Falls parking lot at about 4:00PM. He was not dressed or equipped for a prolonged stay in the wet and rapidly freezing conditions, relying on an iPhone app called "Flashlight" to light the trail in the darkness. He lost his way in the trail network and stopped using the app when he noticed it was quickly draining his battery.
As he continued on, Gerginski fortunately stumbled across Nesika Lodge. The lodge, owned and maintained by the trails club, is located within the Columbia Gorge trail network. Emergency contact information is prominent posted on the building leading to Gerginski's first call for help. The club representative urged Gerginski to take shelter in the lodge until help could arrive. Gerginski's phone ran out of power before his safety could be confirmed.
Search and Rescue personnel from the Sheriff's Office made their way close to the lodge in 4x4 vehicles via unmaintained emergency roads. Gerginski was found sheltering in the lodge and in good condition at about midnight.
Gerginski was returned to his vehicle. He intended to start his return home to Illinois later today.
Troutdale Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Annual Holiday Toy Drive
This annual holiday toy drive is sponsored each year by the Troutdale Public Safety Advisory Committee in a partnership with the Troutdale Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The toy collection site is located at the Wal-Mart store in Wood Village just inside the east store entrance. Members of the Troutdale Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be volunteering and staffing the station along with Troutdale Public Safety Advisory Committee volunteers beginning Friday November 29, and continuing on Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend through December 15 to help collect toys for SnowCap of East County to distribute.
As a local organization effort, collected toys will go to East Multnomah County children, whose parents have been unable to afford gifts this holiday season. The toy drive is also focusing on collecting gifts for teenage children, a group often overlooked during holiday toy distribution efforts.
We thank you for your support and welcome you to the event.
More information on the toy drive is included in the flyer attached.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Springwater Trail at Johnson Creek Death investigation - 11/25/13
Update: Name Release: The deceased is identified as Daniel Leroy Leek, age 44, of Gresham, Or.
This morning 11/23/13 at approximately 3:00 a.m. MCSO deputies responded to the report of a body seen in Johnson Creek just east of SE Jenne Road on the Springwater Trail. Two people who camped in the area had not seen their friend in a couple of days and started checking the area to see if they could find him. They located a bicycle he rode on Springwater Trail near the bank of Johnson Creek, saw something in the water and called 911. Responding deputies located the body of an adult male in Johnson Creek. MCSO detectives were notified and responded to conduct the death investigation. MCSO River Patrol deputies trained in swiftwater rescue responded and recovered the body from the creek. The body was turned over to the Medical Examiner's office and the cause of death has been determined to be drowning. Preliminary investigation indicate no signs of foul play. Name is being withheld pending family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton and local law enforcement leaders gather to support State-Federal Early childhood education Proposal - 11/19/13
On Wednesday November 20, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton will be joined by Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill and other local law enforcement leaders and partners at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail as Oregon member Martha Brooks of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, releases a report to show how implementation of a proposed state-federal early childhood education partnership could reduce the number of people who are incarcerated in Oregon and lead to $77 million in cost savings for Oregon every year. The report highlights significant research documenting the impact of quality early childhood programs on crime reduction.
The Oregon law enforcement leaders will also release a letter signed by more than 1,000 Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members urging Congress to implement a state-federal preschool and early childhood proposal from the Obama Administration. The proposal would provide states with resources to create strengthen and expand quality state preschool to serve low- and moderate-income four-year-olds nationwide.
They will also discuss the results of a new, nationwide poll of law enforcement leaders who are overwhelmingly in favor of the Administration's proposal.
Media attending are advised to arrive early to clear security as the press conference will take place in a segregation housing unit inside the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. Media can contact the MCSO Public Information Officer Lt. Steve Alexander at 503-251-2427 with any questions.
Update: Robbery with a weapon of Dotty's in Wood Village, robber stopped by employee and customers
Update: The suspect has been identified as Gordon Peterson (Age 57). His booking photo is available on our website at www.mcso.us
On Tuesday November 19, 2013, at 12:09 a.m., MCSO assisted by Fairview PD and Troutdale PD, responded to the report of a suspect armed with a firearm, who was robbing the Dotty's located at 2705 NE 238th #E (Wood Village, Oregon). While responders were en route, BOEC reported an employee had disarmed the suspect and customers within the business had pinned the suspect to the ground. Police arrived and took the suspect into custody without further incident. No one was injured and no shots were fired during the incident.
MCSO detectives are investigating the robbery. The suspect's identity is currently still unknown. The suspect is a male white, with gray hair, in his 50's, 5'7-5'8", 180 lbs.
The suspect was transported and lodged at MCDC on Robbery and Weapons charges.
More information will be posted when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2013 Fall Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Sheriff Daniel Staton will host the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's semi-annual award ceremony. This ceremony will honor citizens and members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and partnering agencies.
There will be eleven life-saving awards, nine Community Service awards, nine Citations, along with others. There will be 48 total awards presented during this ceremony.
Community members and members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend as we recognize exemplary service and actions which went above and beyond.
Body Recovered from the Willamette River - 11/10/13
On 11/10/13, at about 9:30a.m. a body was spotted in the Willamette River north of the Steele Bridge by a tug boat operator. The body was recovered by the Portland Fire Bureau and taken to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Willamette River Office where awaiting deputies took possession. The body was then turned over the Medical Examiners Office, and the investigation continues with detectives from the Sheriff's Office. There was no identification with the body, therefore the release of name is pending identification and family notification.
For questions please contact Lt. Travis Gullberg at 503-793-8886.
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