Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Public Alert: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warns public of ongoing warrant phone scam - 11/20/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received several reports recently from Multnomah County residents receiving calls from someone claiming to be an employee of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office. The person tells them they have an outstanding arrest warrant and must pay money to take care of their warrant or be arrested. The caller instructs the person to purchase a Green Dot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Network reloadable card then call back and provide the numbers over the phone. This phone scam is similar in tone to ones currently being investigated by the Portland Police Bureau. None of the residents in these recent calls suffered any loss to the caller and properly hung up on them.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will not contact residents requesting money or payment over the phone for such things as warrants and court imposed traffic fines. Phone scams, email scams, and even text message scams are an ever-rising problem. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office warns businesses and residents to never give out information regarding bank accounts, credit card accounts, PayPal, or anything with money attached to it. If someone calls asking for payment, hang up and contact the government agency or utility directly to verify the authenticity. Personal information like date of birth, Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and utility accounts should also be protected.
If anyone receives similar solicitations from persons claiming to be with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office please contact the MCSO tip line at 503-261-2847.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue escorts lost hikers off Oneonta Trail - 11/11/14
This evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead after three hikers called in and said they were not positive where they were on the trail and needed assistance to get down. The three hikers Angela Mendoza, Age 25; Juan Mendoza, Age 25 and Martha Rodriguez, Age 45, all of Vancouver, WA had headed out earlier in the day on a planned day hike from the Horsetail Falls Trailhead. After hiking around the trails, they thought they were on the "Rock of Ages" loop and had come across a washout on the trail and stopped. They backtracked down the trail a little ways but stopped and called as it had gotten dark and they weren't sure which way to go to return down the trail. The hikers were all in good spirits and had cold weather gear on and food and water with them. Deputies contacted the MCSO SAR Coordinator after talking with the hikers and telling them to remain where they were at on the trail. Deputies were able to obtain a good location ping from one of the hiker's cell phones and MCSO SAR units were activated to respond and assist the hikers back down the trail.
MCSO SAR members were deployed onto the trail at approximately 9:30 p.m. and located the hikers on the Oneonta Trail near Triple Falls where the initial cell phone ping had placed them at approximately 10:30 p.m. and escorted the hikers back down to the Trailhead. All three hikers were in good spirits, just a little cold and happy to be off the trail. They had not planned on being out after dark, but had dressed for the cold weather and had some emergency supplies with them.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research your route before you go. Make sure to plan your route and allow enough time if you are heading out on a day hike to ensure you are off the trail prior to sunset. Hike with a friend or a group and let someone know your route and when you are planning to return. Ensure you have the equipment you need with you when you embark on a hike including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, firestarter, extra clothing, a knife, first aid kit, GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do get lost and call for help, stay where you are at. Remaining in one place and staying on the trail will assist searchers as they work to locate where you are at and help bring you down from the trail.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River - 11/11/14
On Tuesday November 10, 2014 at approximately 1:35 p.m. U.S. Guard contacted MCSO River Patrol after a tugboat operator spotted a body floating in the Willamette River north of the Fremont Bridge and contacted them via marine radio. U.S. Coast Guard responded to the area and located the body on the east side of the Willamette River channel near Terminal 2. A Portland Fire Bureau boat already in the area transported the body to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave.
MCSO detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner have responded. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.
We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2014 Fall Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 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.
Among awards presented will be thirteen life-saving awards, a Community Service award, Distinguished Service award, five Citations, along with others. There will be 39 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.
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hikers on Larch Mountain - 10/30/14
Final Update: At approximately 10:55 pm searchers located the group of lost hikers on the lower part of the Oneonta trail. The hikers were cold but uninjured and happy to see the SAR team. SAR members brought the hikers out to an access road and returned them to the Command post at the Larch Mountain parking lot just before midnight.
18 year old Nathan Whalen and his 14 year old brother of Damascus, OR said they set out on a day hike with Alicia Hannink and James Hannink cousins visiting from Michigan early in the afternoon on a day hike around the top of Larch Mountain. As they hiked on the trail they took a wrong turn and couldn't find their way back up the trail to where they started from. As it got dark, James called a family member and let them know they weren't sure where they were at on the trail and were trying to find their way out. They continued to hike the trail trying to find their way on the trail but were using their cellphone and light from their camera to see the trail. After a couple of their light sources died on them, they called a family member again when they were able to get a signal. She instructed them to call 911 which allowed the cellphone to be pinged and searchers were able to get a good location on the group. After talking with the SAR Coordinator, they stayed in place and waited for searchers to locate them.
The hikers helped speed their rescue by remaining in place once contact was made with them and not leaving the trail at any point as they tried to find their way out.
The sheriff's office wants to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the right equipment, including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, a knife, a first aid kit, a GPS and a cellphone with extra battery. Be prepared for the elements. As seasons change and winter moves in carry extra clothing and a tarp or other type of shelter to keep you out of the elements and off wet ground cover.
Research your route before you go and stay on the trails. If you get lost and call for help, stay where you are because it helps searchers trying to find you. Hike with a friend and let someone know your plan so someone can call for help if you are overdue.
Update: MCSO SAR members have made contact with the lost hikers. The hikers are cold but uninjured. Searchers are now working on escorting the hikers back off the trail.
Updates will be provided when more information is available.
This afternoon at approximately 5:45 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of four lost hikers on Larch Mountain. The four hikers, a 14yr old male, 18 and 19yr old male and a 24 yr old female, started out on a day hike from the Larch Mountain parking lot and got lost on the trail. As they tried to find their way back it got dark and they called a family member to let them know they couldn't find there way back on the trail and didn't have a flashlight to see where they were going. They are wearing day hiking clothes and did not have emergency supplies with them for an overnight stay. MCSO SAR teams have responded from a training class they were in and deputies located the hiker's vehicle in the Larch Mountain parking lot.
MCSO SAR teams were deployed into the field at approximately 8:45 p.m. to begin searching for the hikers. At approximately 9:45 p.m. One of the hikers called 911 from their cellphone. 911 was able to ping the cellphone and obtain coordinates for the area the hikers are in.
Searchers are now moving towards the area to try and locate the hikers. The hikers appear to be uninjured and have been instructed to stay put while searchers work towards them.
More updates will be provided when information is available
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost mushroom hiker, other hikers lost around Angel's Rest - 10/27/14
Final Update: Lost hikers near Angel's Rest walked out at approximately 2:45 a.m. to their vehicle. Both were uninjured. The hikers are identified as Dennis Rabikin, Age 24, of Vancouver, WA and Olga Kozinskiy, Age 24, of Portland, OR.
MCSO SAR teams are now returning from the field.
The sheriff's office wants to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the right equipment, including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, a knife, a first aid kit, a GPS and a cellphone with extra battery.
Research your route before you go and stay on the trails. If you get lost and call for help, stay where you are because it helps searchers trying to find you. Hike with a friend and stay together. Let someone know your plan so someone can call for help if you are overdue.
Update2: MCSO SAR teams deployed into the field from Wahkeena at approximately 12:40 a.m. Teams are working their way towards the area around Angel's Rest the hikers are believed to be in.
Media staging is available near the command post which has relocated to Wahkeena Falls parking lot.
Update: MCSO SAR members located missing mushroom picker Katherine McKinnon at approximately 1120 p.m. cold and wet but otherwise uninjured. MCSO SAR members providing warm clothes and warming her up before hiking back out to the command post just after midnight. McKinnon was located just north of forest service road 315.
Search Coordinators are preparing search efforts for lost hikers around Angel's Rest. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
This afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a lost mushroom picker on Larch Mountain near Milepost 11. The lost mushroom picker is identified as Katherine Mckinnon, age 40, of Portland, OR. Her boyfriend became separated from her on the trail while out mushroom hunting and he couldn't find her after backtracking and searching along the trail. He returned to the road and traveled down to Vista House until he could get cell reception and called 911. MCSO deputies checked the area and trail around milepost 11 and were unable to locate Katherine. MCSO Search and Rescue was activated and teams are now being deployed onto the trails to search for the lost mushroom picker. Katherine was reported to be wearing rain pants and had a light cold weather coat on. She was carrying minimal emergency supplies, no cell phone and is not an experienced hiker.
An additional emergency call came in from a hiker lost in the area around Angel's Rest as MCSO SAR mobilized for the lost mushroom picker. Additional SAR resources have been activated to assist in additional searches for the lost hiker near Angel's Rest. The lost hikers are cold but otherwise uninjured and deputies have had intermittent contact with the hiker. They do have food and water and are working on making a fire for warmth while they wait to be located by MCSO SAR teams.
Media staging is located near the Command Post at milepost 12 on E Larch Mountain Rd.
Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting extra DUII enforcement patrols over upcoming holidays - 10/26/14
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies are conducting extra DUII enforcement patrols now through November 2 and again November 21 through November 30. Sheriff's deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is participating in High Visibility Enforcement patrols supported by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Sheriff's Association. Sheriff's Deputies will be actively seeking out and arresting impaired drivers during these missions
If you are hosting a Halloween party or a holiday get together plan ahead with these tips: Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don't serve more than one or two over several hours. Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party - and provide plenty of food.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office asks the public if you see dangerous driving, report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1.