Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies on the lookout in nationwide Safety Belt "BLITZ" Campaign
From Monday May 16th, 2016 through Sunday May 29, 2016, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use. MCSO will have extra patrols on the lookout for proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz". This enhanced "Click It or Ticket" enforcement is paid for by dedicated funding from USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Oregon State Sheriff's Association.
MCSO will be adding extra deputies throughout the county to enforce Oregon safety belt and safety seat laws. Motorists who fail to properly use their safety belt, or who do not properly secure a child in the appropriate safety seat, will be contacted by these extra patrols.
Nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on our nation's roadways in 2014 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes, according to NHTSA.
The statistics are worse among teens and young adults: Of passenger vehicle occupants 13 to 15 and 18 to 34 years old who were killed in crashes, 59 percent and 57 percent, respectively, were not buckled up--the highest percentages of all age groups. Within the 18-34 age group, males who were killed in crashes were unrestrained 59 percent of the time.
It's just as important to buckle up in the back seat. Too many people wrongly believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-seven percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained, but 58 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained.
Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the car to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash. Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle which greatly increases chances of serious injury.
* Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.
* For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
May is a very effective time to ramp up seat belt enforcement efforts. Many motorists travel over Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the busy summer travel season. It's the perfect time to remind everyone why seat belt use is required by law. And we want people to know: we're not cracking down to write tickets. We're doing it to save lives.
So please remember, day and night "Click It or Ticket".
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting enhanced DUII enforcement patrols this weekend
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies will be conducting enhanced DUII enforcement patrols Thursday May 5, 2016 through Sunday May 8, 2016. As we enter into the summer months and community events, concerts and festivals increase, MCSO will be participating in several enhanced DUII enforcement and High Visibility Enforcement missions in upcoming months.
MCSO wants to remind drivers "Buzzed driving IS drunk driving". MCSO 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 State Sheriff's Association.
Across the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people are killed in impaired driving crashes every year.
Please plan ahead if you are driving and plan to consume alcohol. If you become impaired, don't drive -- call for a sober driver, taxi or use public transportation to get home safely.
If you notice an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 immediately to report it. Together we can all make our roads safer. Learn more about HVE campaigns at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Memorial Service
On Thursday May 5, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton will join members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in a ceremony honoring their staff who have died in the line of duty. The annual ceremony will be held at the MCSO Law Enforcement Memorial located at 12240 N.E. Glisan Street, Portland Oregon 97230.
A ceremony will also take place at the Ernest C. Loll memorial the morning of Thursday May 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The memorial honors Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff Ernest C. Loll who was shot and killed by poachers at this location in 1935 and is located at the corner of SW 35th Ave. and Arnold St. in Portland, OR.
The natural area between SW 39th -- 43rd Avenue and SW Arnold -- Coronado was officially renamed the "Loll Wildwood Natural Area" earlier this year. Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) made the change in accordance with their naming policy, to honor the legacy of fallen Deputy Sheriff Ernest C. Loll and to provide clearer communication to the public about the natural area. Previously, the city owned natural area was referred to as "West Portland Park" and the metro owned property managed by PP&R as "Loll Wildwood".
Please join members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office as we honor those who have sacrificed their lives while serving the citizens of Multnomah County. A reception will be held in the Hansen Building Auditorium following the afternoon ceremony.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River - 05/02/16
On Monday May 2, 2016 at approximately 12:05 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near the Burnside Bridge. River patrol units and Portland Fire Bureau units arrived in the area and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the east side of the river channel near the Burnside Bridge. The body was transported to PFB Station 21. The Medical Examiner was notified and responded. MCSO is handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.
We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting death investigation after fatal hiker fall along Horsetail Falls trail - 05/01/16
On Sunday May 1, 2016 at 5:20 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the report of two hikers who had fallen off the Horsetail Falls trail as they were hiking down between the upper and lower Horsetail Falls. MCSO deputies arrived on scene with AMR rescue personnel and MCSO Green Hornet trail team members who were on duty. Green Hornet Trail team and AMR Rescue personnel were able to reach the two hikers, a 37-year-old female and a 3-year-old boy. Both had fallen approximately fifty to sixty feet off a cliff along the trail and traveled another twenty to thirty feet down a steep slope. The 37-year-old was suffering from life-threatening injuries. AMR attempted lifesaving efforts as she was brought up to the trail and transported down to the trailhead. She was declared deceased at the Trailhead. The 3-year-old boy was transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries.
Updates will be provided when more information is available.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy involved in injury crash involving pedestrian - 04/29/16
Update1: The pedestrian involved in the crash and transported to the hospital did not survive his injuries. The investigation of the crash continues and is being conducted by the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team. The results of their investigation will be turned over to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review as part of their standard procedure for major crash investigations. The MCSO Deputy involved, a six year veteran, will be on administrative leave while the initial investigation is completed, which is MCSO's standard procedure in this type of incident.
We are not releasing any more information at this time pending notification of next of kin.
More information will be released when it is available.
This morning, (Friday) April 29, 2016 just after 4:00 a.m. a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in an injury crash involving a pedestrian in the 24000 block of NE Sandy Blvd. The MCSO Deputy was in a marked MCSO patrol vehicle traveling westbound on NE Sandy Blvd when the pedestrian was struck. The pedestrian, an adult male, was transported with life-threatening injuries to the hospital.
Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team has responded to conduct the crash investigation. Preliminary indications are the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and in the roadway when he was struck.
Further details will be released when more information is available.
Update2: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Gresham Fire Department investigating overnight fire at Imagination Station playground (Photo)
Update2: The investigation is continuing into the Imagination Station fire that occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday April 9, 2016. Surveillance video from the morning of the fire is being made available to media as the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks the public's help in identifying persons of interest. Anyone who has information regarding the Imagination Station playground fire is asked to contact the MCSO tip line at 503-261-2847. A $1,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the fire that damaged the playground structure at Imagination Station.
Media: Please contact MCSO Detective Ken Yohe at 503-988-0370 to make an appointment to view the video. The video is available for viewing/taping until 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.
Update: The investigation is continuing into the Imagination Station playground fire that occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday April 9, 2016. At this time, detectives are examining video surveillance and forensic evidence and continue to follow up on tips received in the investigation.
The City of Troutdale has established a fund for the Imagination Station playground and is accepting donations by cash or check at Troutdale City Hall, 219 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy. Troutdale, OR 97060. Receipts will be provided that may qualify donations as tax deductible. All donations will be dedicated to the restoration or improvement of Imagination Station.
The City of Troutdale understands that some private efforts to raise funds for that purpose have begun. The City trusts the private efforts are well intentioned and sincere, and the City looks forward to utilizing those donations for their intended purpose. The City is not in a position to validate private fundraising efforts, as the City has no control over them or responsibility for such accounts. Donations completed through Troutdale City Hall are accounted for and allocated to Imagination Station and ensure monies received are directed for the sole purpose of restoring and improving the playground. The City does request that any parties setting up such private accounts on behalf of Imagination Station contact Erich Mueller, the City's Finance Director, in order to inform us of their intentions and the process by which donated funds may be made available for that use. Mr. Mueller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 503-674-7233.
The city has also received many offers of professional services, materials, and volunteer time to restore Imagination Station, for which they are developing a list to be utilized when the restoration process officially begins. To that end, if the public or businesses are inclined to volunteer their time, talent, or services, please email Kelley.Graham@troutdaleoregon.gov
The City of Troutdale appreciates the outpouring of community support and messages from community members to rebuild Imagination Station. Discussions are already underway in Troutdale to ensure this iconic community playground is restored and/or improved for the community and for children to enjoy well into the future.
Further updates will be provided when more information is available.
This morning, Saturday April 9, 2016 at 4:14 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies and Gresham Fire Department responded to the report of the playground structure on fire at Imagination Station located at 1900 SW Cherry Park Rd in Troutdale, OR. Arriving MCSO deputies saw a good portion of the wooden playground structure was already engulfed in flames. Several units from Gresham Fire Department arrived and were able to put out the fire which destroyed a good portion of the wooden playground structure at the park. No other structures were affected.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are assisting Gresham Fire Department with the investigation into the fire. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set. Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to please call the Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847. No other information is available at this time.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2016 Spring Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 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 Awards Ceremony. This ceremony will honor citizens and members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and partnering agencies.
Awards being presented at the ceremony include two Distinguished Service awards, two Lifesaving Awards, two Unit Citations, and a Community Service Award among others. There will be a total of 23 awards presented during this ceremony.
This ceremony is open to the public and community members and media are invited and encouraged to attend as we recognize exemplary service and actions which went above and beyond.