Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Emergency Messages as of 1:46 pm, Sat. Apr. 18
No information currently posted; operating as usual.
News Releases
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office inmate work crews join in metro recreational waterway cleanup effort - 04/06/15
On Tuesday April 7, 2014 and Wednesday April 8, 2015 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Inmate Work Crews will be joined by inmate work crews from Washington, Clackamas and Marion County Sheriff's office as they focus on cleaning up recreational waterways around the metro area.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol units as well as River Patrol units from Clackamas, Washington, Marion and Clark County will be supporting the clean-up effort. River Patrol units will be providing transport for the operation to work sites and assisting with removal of debris and trash from several areas previously identified by MCSO River Patrol deputies as areas of concern and/or need. Metro is also supporting cleanup efforts providing trash dumpsters at different locations for refuse collected during the cleanup.

This Sheriff's Office inmate work crew project was coordinated by MCSO River Patrol as part of a larger multi-agency effort to maximize the use of resources to effectively focus on clean up and/or improvement projects in the communities they serve. Additional projects have or are scheduled to take place in communities of those participating Sheriff's Office jurisdictions.

The Sheriffs will continue this partnership in the future, when the use of combined resources enhances public safety and the livability of the communities each serves. Occasionally combining resources with surrounding Oregon counties assures the mission of each office is met and larger projects can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time, providing a significant benefit to the community.

The elected office of the Sheriff is unique among law enforcement entities. By statute it is responsible for several critical areas of responsibility for public safety, including operating a jail, search and rescue, waterway protection, and civil services. Each sheriff's office also has resources necessary to meet other law enforcement needs that benefit the citizens of each county, including people who live inside incorporated cities.

Interested media can contact the MCSO Public Information Officer for more information and availability of ride-a-longs with River Patrol during part of the cleanup effort.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responds to report of lost 12 year old on Larch Mountain - 12yr old walks out at Multnomah Falls - 04/05/15
This afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday April 5, 2015 MCSO deputies responded to the Larch Mountain snow gate on the report of a 12 year old boy who had become separated from his group. The 12 year old had run ahead of his brother and two cousins walking up from the Larch Mountain snow gate and his brother couldn't see where he had gone and locate him. MCSO Deputies arrived at the Larch Mountain snow gate and began checking the area for the 12 year old boy. MCSO Search and Rescue units were also activated to assist in the search for the missing boy.

As MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators were en route to the call, information was received the boy had walked out at Multnomah Falls and called his dad from the information center after not reaching his brother. An MCSO SAR Coordinator diverted to Multnomah Falls and located the boy at the Multnomah Falls parking lot at approximately 5:06 p.m. The boy was in good condition, but was cold and dressed only in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. He was very happy to see the MCSO deputy arrive to help him.

The 12 year old said he had run ahead of his group and went into the bathroom at the top of the lot for a minute to warm up after he got there. He came up out and saw a sign for Multnomah Falls and thought it wasn't too far and headed out on the trail. After running for a long time on the trail he thought he might be lost and asked some hikers who were on the trail where Multnomah Falls was. They told him the way to go and he realized he had gone too far down the trail to make it back to where he started from so he continued running down the trail until he came out at Multnomah Falls. He used the air dryers in the restrooms at the lodge to warm himself up and went over to the information center to try and call his brother and after not reaching him, called his dad, who was able to pass the information on regarding the boy's location to deputies on scene.

Rain showers and near freezing temperatures were expected overnight in the Larch Mountain area. If you are setting out on any type of hike, be prepared for inclement weather. If you are hiking in a group or with someone, stay together. Carry the proper equipment when setting out on any type of hike. Items to carry include a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and a signaling device (such as a whistle). A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do become lost in the woods, preserve your body heat. Do not lie directly on the ground make a mattress of pine boughs or leaves. Try to find a place out of the rain and wind, but be visible. Staying in place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Low temperatures in higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the scenic areas in the Columbia Gorge and other hiking areas.
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Final Update: Multnomah County Road Closure (now open) - SE Kerslake Rd to Stark St Bridge to assess sinkholes developing in roadway (Photo) - 04/04/15
SE Stark St between SE Kerslake rd and the Stark St Bridge is now reopen to all traffic. Multnomah County Roads has completed temporary repairs to the road surface. Complete repair will occur Monday April 6 but will not necessitate full closure. Attached is a picture of the repaired surface.

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Update: Picture of sinkhole on SE Stark St attached. Will update with further once assessment is completed.


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Multnomah County Road Maintenance responded to a 911 call regarding a pothole developing in the roadway on SE Stark St. between SE Kerslake Rd and the Stark St Bridge.

Upon initial visual inspection it was determined that the potholes were sinkholes developing. At this point County Road crews will be closing SE Stark St from SE Kerslake Rd. to the Stark St. Bridge. Multnomah County Engineers are on-site to determine extent of the damage and repairs needed. For the safety of the traveling public---this section of roadway will be closed until determined safe.

Further updates will be provided when more information is available. Alternate route travel available S Troutdale Rd to the W Historic Columbia River Highway.
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Injured Hiker Assisted by Rescue Personnel (Photo) - 03/26/15
Attached are pictures from todays mutual aid assist to an injured hiker near Rock Arch. Today around 1:20 p.m. crews responded to the 62 year old woman hiker who had suffered an isolated leg injury while hiking the trail to Rock Arch. An AMR Reach and Treat Team, members of Corbett Fire and the Sheriff's Office Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team responded to assist the hiker after it was determined she would not be able to walk out on her own. Members of the MCSO Trail Rescue team were the first to reach the victim and were able to guide the other medical services quickly to her. The victim had slid from a switch back where there was a narrow stretch of trail. Because it was also steep in that area the teams decided it would be safest to lower her down using a rope system to a wider and flatter area of the trail. From there she was brought down on a wheeled stokes.

The response to this call is another excellent example of the great partnerships between Fire, Medical and Sheriff's Office personnel, and in this case it led to the fast response and reduce extraction time of the injured hiker considering the tough terrain and her inability to walk herself out.

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There are no names available at this time and no response for interviews. Sorry for the delay in getting this out as we just received the pictures and information.

Lt. Travis W. Gullberg
Update: In-Custody Death at Multnomah County Detention Center - 03/23/15
***Update 03/23/2015 - 12:55pm***

The inmate found deceased at the Multnomah County Detention Center on Saturday has been identified as Latina E. Brogdon, a 25 year old female.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives conducting the death investigation indicate there is no evidence of trauma; the Multnomah County Medical Examiner will continue work to determine the cause of death in this case.

Due to the on-going investigation, no further details are available for release at this time.


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Just before 1:30 pm this afternoon, corrections deputies at the Multnomah County Detention Center responded to a call of an unresponsive inmate who was discovered during a routine security and welfare check. An immediate call was made for medical response while deputies began CPR on the inmate.

The cause of death is under investigation by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are currently conducting a full death investigation. Initial information from detectives indicates there is no evidence of foul play involved.

The name of the deceased will not be released at this time, pending next of kin notification.
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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office make two arrests one day after a subject was stabbed multiple times in the City of Wood Village (Photo) - 03/19/15
On 03/18/15 at 2020 hours Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a reported stabbing in the area of NE Park Ln and Wood Village Blvd within the City of Wood Village. The initial report of the incident was called in by a passerby who witnessed the assault on two subjects walking on the sidewalk. Upon arrival it was discovered that one subject was suffering from multiple stab wounds and his associate had been beaten with a bat. The Sheriff's Office Detective Unit along with the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team began an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assault.

On 03/19/15 the diligent and tireless efforts of investigators led them to the area of 217th and Burnside, within the City of Gresham, where Brandy Howe, age 26, was arrested for Assault II and Eduardo Espinoza Hernandez, age 23, was arrested on a Detainer. Investigators believe there are two additional suspects outstanding identified as Hispanic males. Anyone with information is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-261-2847.
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